Knighton Ward

    Knighton Ward is in the south-east of the City of Leicester.  The population at the time of the 2011 census was 16,805.  The ward covers an area of 415 hectares (1.6 square miles).  Knighton Park is a significant area of green open space at the southern boundary of the ward, where it meets with Oadby and Wigston.  There is not a lot of public open space in the rest of the ward, but parts of the ward are characterised by large gardens with mature trees, which are gradually being diminished by backland development.  Leicester University manages the Attenborough Arboretum, which is a good place to view native and introduced trees and a variety of wildlife.  There is a small local nature reserve at the Wash Brook Nature Reserve on the edge of the ward next to the Midland Mainline.

    Total species seen in this parish: 1280


    Thanks to NatureSpot, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust for supporting the work of Knighton Wild in Knighton.

    Wild places

    Welcome to Knighton

    Welcome to the Knighton Ward page in NatureSpot. Knighton Wild is the local wildlife group in Knighton and exists to encourage people to enjoy and record our local wildlife and improve the local environment for wildlife. News in this section. Upcoming events in the Parish Update section below.

    City Nature Challenge in KNighton

    Knighton Wild members took part in two events for the City Nature Challenge 2019 between 26th and 29th May. 

    On Saturday 27th, members worked with Friends of Knighton Green to record as many species as possible in Knighton Green, helping to establish a baseline of what is present before the wildflower sowing and other management changes take effect. 

    Walk in the Park

    Members of Knighton Wild walked round Knighton Park on 13th April and recorded around 56 species, including 20 birds.  In the arboretum area to the east side of the park, there were  laurel bushes with large numbers of bees sunning themselves on the leaves, including the tawny mining bee, and a probable ashy mining bee.

    Tawny mining bee

    Plant Gall Walk in Knighton Spinney

    Chris Leach led a walk round the park and Spinney on Sunday 9th September 2018.  We found 37 different plant galls and also identified a leaf miner, a fungus and an inquiline (a species that lives in a gall but doesn't cause it). 

    Oak leaf with spangle and oyster galls.

    Parish Update

    Get involved this year with Knighton Wild in meetings and practical activities.

    AGM and Talk about Swifts

    Knighton Wild's AGM is on 15th May 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Lounge at Knighton Parish Centre, Church Lane, LE2 3WG.  After a short business session, we shall be hearing all about swifts from Peter Williams of the Leicestershire and Rutland Swift Partnership.  Swifts are one of the birds that have experienced a decline in numbers, and Peter will tell about work that is being done to monitor swifts and provide additional nesting sites to supplement their traditional sites under the eaves of houses. £1 members, £3 non-members.  All welcome.

    Practical Work on Knighton Green

    Knighton Green is the area between the ends of Kenwood Road and Church Lane.  Friends of Knighton Green have planted a wildflower meadow and some local varieties of apple trees in a small community orchard.  Check out the Friends of Knighton Green page on Knighton Wild's website for details of future activities.

    If you are interested and have ideas for local activities then please contact us: or

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Linyphia triangularis17/09/2019AJ Cann
    Neriene montana17/09/2019AJ Cann
    Zygiella x-notata17/09/2019AJ Cann
    Common DarterSympetrum striolatum17/09/2019Maggie Frankum
    Smooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris17/09/2019Maggie Frankum
    Daddy Long-legs SpiderPholcus phalangioides17/09/2019AJ Cann
    Giant House-spiderTegenaria duellica17/09/2019AJ Cann
    Zygiella x-notata16/09/2019AJ Cann
    Orchesella cincta16/09/2019AJ Cann
    Garden SpiderAraneus diadematus15/09/2019Maggie Frankum
    CommaPolygonia c-album15/09/2019Maggie Frankum
    Red AdmiralVanessa atalanta15/09/2019Maggie Frankum
    Tree BumblebeeBombus hypnorum15/09/2019Maggie Frankum
    Common Carder BumblebeeBombus pascuorum15/09/2019Maggie Frankum
    Southern HawkerAeshna cyanea15/09/2019Maggie Frankum

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Mosses & LiverwortsGreen Yoke-mossZygodon viridissimus27/04/2019
    SpidersZygiella x-notata06/09/2018
    MothsLeopard MothZeuzera pyrina10/07/2015
    SawfliesHoneysuckle SawflyZaraea lonicerae19/04/2018
    MothsBird-cherry ErmineYponomeuta evonymella24/06/2017
    MothsErmine Moth agg.Yponomeuta agg.08/07/2019
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesXyphosia miliaria02/07/2017
    HoverfliesXylota segnis28/07/2014
    MothsEarly GreyXylocampa areola03/04/2017
    FungiDead Man's FingersXylaria polymorpha12/01/2018
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon19/01/2017
    MothsSquare-spot RusticXestia xanthographa02/09/2015
    MothsDouble Square-spotXestia triangulum20/07/2019
    MothsSetaceous Hebrew CharacterXestia c-nigrum24/06/2017
    LichensXanthoria parietina25/11/2015
    MothsGarden CarpetXanthorhoe fluctuata24/06/2017
    HoverfliesXanthogramma pedissequum05/08/2014
    Springtails & BristletailsWillowsia platani14/06/2019
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes10/02/2015
    HoverfliesVolucella zonaria24/07/2017
    HoverfliesPellucid FlyVolucella pellucens26/06/2016
    HoverfliesVolucella inanis20/08/2016
    Slugs & SnailsPellucid Glass SnailVitrina pellucida02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsMilky Crystal SnailVitrea contracta02/10/1987
    WildflowersMistletoeViscum album23/08/2017
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana03/05/2015
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata02/03/2019
    WildflowersBush VetchVicia sepium09/08/2015
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa subsp. segetalis09/08/2015
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca26/08/2017

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73151
    Flies, Gnats and Midges54118
    Bees, Wasps, Ants53655
    Mosses & Liverworts4195
    Slugs & Snails35177
    Springtails & Bristletails2977
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions2338
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10163
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    Centipedes & Millipedes919
    harvestmen (Opiliones)816
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Barklice & Booklice44
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