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: 1276

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

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    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
    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
    Common DarterSympetrum striolatum15/09/2019Maggie Frankum
    Grey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis15/09/2019Maggie Frankum
    Red FoxVulpes vulpes15/09/2019Maggie Frankum
    Volucella zonaria12/09/2019Maggie Frankum
    Turnip MothAgrotis segetum09/09/2019AJ Cann
    Mouse SpiderScotophaeus blackwalli04/09/2019AJ Cann
    Harlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis04/09/2019Maggie Frankum
    Common DarterSympetrum striolatum04/09/2019Maggie Frankum

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    WormsBrandling WormEisenia fetida07/03/2017
    WormsHorse LeechHaemopis sanguisuga25/05/2013
    WormsCommon EarthwormLumbricus terrestris09/04/2017
    WormsMicroplana terrestris13/05/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansPill WoodlouseArmadillidium vulgare12/06/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansWater Hog-louseAsellus aquaticus10/03/2018
    Woodlice, CrustaceansFreshwater ShrimpGammarus pulex28/04/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Shiny WoodlouseOniscus asellus23/01/2015
    Woodlice, CrustaceansSignal CrayfishPacifastacus leniusculus12/08/2016
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Striped WoodlousePhiloscia muscorum27/01/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansAnt WoodlousePlatyarthrus hoffmannseggi23/07/2015
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Rough WoodlousePorcellio scaber13/05/2017
    Woodlice, CrustaceansCommon Pygmy WoodlouseTrichoniscus pusillus agg.23/01/2018
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium09/07/2015
    WildflowersGround-elderAegopodium podagraria13/06/2012
    WildflowersBugleAjuga reptans13/05/2017
    WildflowersCommon Water-plantainAlisma plantago-aquatica26/06/2016
    WildflowersGarlic MustardAlliaria petiolata03/05/2015
    WildflowersHoney GarlicAllium siculum01/06/2014
    WildflowersThree-cornered GarlicAllium triquetrum24/04/2018
    WildflowersRamsonsAllium ursinum20/03/2012
    WildflowersWood AnemoneAnemone nemorosa17/05/2015
    WildflowersCow ParsleyAnthriscus sylvestris25/06/2017
    WildflowersColumbine agg.Aquilegia vulgaris agg.31/05/2017
    WildflowersLesser BurdockArctium minus26/06/2016
    WildflowersHorse-radishArmoracia rusticana26/06/2016
    WildflowersMugwortArtemisia vulgaris09/08/2015
    WildflowersLords-and-LadiesArum maculatum25/01/2018
    WildflowersBlack HorehoundBallota nigra04/07/2015
    WildflowersDaisyBellis perennis13/06/2012

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites83196
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73151
    Flies, Gnats and Midges54118
    Bees, Wasps, Ants53655
    Mosses & Liverworts4195
    Slugs & Snails35177
    Springtails & Bristletails2977
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10162
    Centipedes & Millipedes919
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Ferns & Horsetails45
    Spiders, Harvestmen, Mites & Ticks44
    Barklice & Booklice44
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