Knighton Ward

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    • Public Rights of Way = GREEN

    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.  Knighton Wild is also involved in the management of St Mary Magdalen Churchyard and Knighton Green.  Knighton Green is a small area of grass and woodland on the Wash Brook.

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    Total species seen in this parish: 1343

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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.

    Record Wildlife in your Garden

    While we are all restricted to spending most of our time at home, why not record the wildlife you see in your garden?

    Knighton Wild is running a series of posts on its website with details of what some of its members are seeing in their gardens with suggestions for what you might see and help with identification.

    Have a look at the Knighton Wild website and record your sightings here on NatureSpot.

    Outstanding Assessment for Knighton Green

    Knighton Wild’s work in St Mary’s Churchyard and on Knighton Green is entered in the It’s Your Neighbourhood scheme run by the Royal Horticultural Society (RHS). Each year an assessor visits us to review progress and make an assessment based around community participation, environmental responsibility and gardening achievement. This is the third year we have been part of the scheme and in previous years we have been pleased to get a grade 3 (improving) but this year we have excelled ourselves and got a grade 5 outstanding!

    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. 

    Parish Update

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

    Knighton Wild Facebook Group

    Knighton Wild has a new Facebook group where you can share and discuss your local wildlife sightings. Please join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/530101604578306/

    Record Wildlife in Your Garden

    Spending your time at home?  Why not record the wildlife you see in your garden.  Have a look at the Knighton Wild website for updates from some of our members on what they've seen and identification suggestions and help.  You can record what you see on NatureSpot.  Why not register if you haven't already?

    Birdwatching Walk - Washbrook Local Nature Reserve

    Saturday 25th April, 10.00 am-12.00 noon.  Cancelled due to the Covid-19 Emergency.

    Practical Work on Knighton Green

    No activities at present.

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

    info@knightonwild.org.uk or http://knightonwild.org.uk/

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Tapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax27/03/2020Simon Bennett
    Green ShieldbugPalomena prasina27/03/2020Simon Bennett
    CommaPolygonia c-album26/03/2020Nicky Thompson
    PeacockAglais io26/03/2020Nicky Thompson
    Tapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax26/03/2020Nicky Thompson
    Common ToadBufo bufo25/03/2020Simon Bennett
    White-lipped SnailCepaea hortensis25/03/2020Simon Bennett
    Brown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis25/03/2020Simon Bennett
    Hawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale25/03/2020Simon Bennett
    Common QuakerOrthosia cerasi24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Double-striped PugGymnoscelis rufifasciata24/03/2020AJ Cann
    24 Spot LadybirdSubcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Birch Catkin BugKleidocerys resedae24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Common Damsel BugNabis rugosus24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Dicyrtomina ornata24/03/2020AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata08/10/2019
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata15/07/2019
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata10/07/2019
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata05/05/2016
    Beetles24 Spot LadybirdSubcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata24/03/2020
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata31/08/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa09/03/2017
    FungiAlder TongueTaphrina alni17/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris26/06/2016
    WildflowersAmerican WillowherbEpilobium ciliatum25/06/2017
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia09/08/2015
    BugsAndromeda LacebugStephanitis takeyai15/06/2018
    MothsAngle ShadesPhlogophora meticulosa29/01/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua12/05/2016
    Mosses & LiverwortsAnomalous Bristle-mossOrthotrichum anomalum11/01/2018
    BeetlesAnt BeetleThanasimus formicarius10/12/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansAnt WoodlousePlatyarthrus hoffmannseggi03/03/2015
    MothsApple Leaf MinerLyonetia clerkella26/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix09/09/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior17/05/2015
    MothsAsh-bark Knot-hornEuzophera pinguis29/07/2019
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAspenPopulus tremula10/08/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAtlas CedarCedrus atlantica04/01/2017
    WildflowersAutumn HawkbitScorzoneroides autumnalis10/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella16/06/2019
    MammalsBadgerMeles meles05/10/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens14/06/2017
    MothsBarred Fruit-tree TortrixPandemis cerasana24/06/2017
    MothsBarred MarbleCelypha striana16/07/2018
    MothsBarred YellowCidaria fulvata24/06/2017

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Total13436089
    Moths273948
    Wildflowers175522
    Fungi90184
    Beetles74271
    Bugs74295
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73151
    Spiders71189
    Bees, Wasps, Ants54665
    Birds53847
    Mosses & Liverworts42101
    Flies41111
    Hoverflies39297
    Slugs & Snails35179
    Springtails & Bristletails3094
    Craneflies, Gnats & Midges2535
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions2441
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Butterflies21486
    Caddisflies1663
    Sawflies1639
    Mammals13115
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10164
    Centipedes & Millipedes918
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    harvestmen (Opiliones)818
    Lichens819
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Barklice & Booklice56
    Amphibians472
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