Knighton Ward

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    • Selected parish = BLUE
    • Wild Places = RED
    • 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.

    Small Tortoiseshell

    How many butterflies can you record in your garden in the next 7 days?
    Photo Andy's Rutland, Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae. NatureSpot Butterfly Gallery

    Total species seen in this parish: 1342


    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.

    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. 

    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

    Parish Update

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

    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: or

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    CommaPolygonia c-album26/03/2020Nicky Thompson
    PeacockAglais io26/03/2020Nicky Thompson
    Tapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax26/03/2020Nicky Thompson
    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
    Dock BugCoreus marginatus24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Field Damsel BugNabis ferus24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Isotoma viridis24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Orchesella cincta24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Orchesella villosa24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Pogonognathellus longicornis24/03/2020AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BeetlesProtapion assimile24/03/2020
    BeetlesTrichosirocalus troglodytes24/03/2020
    BugsField Damsel BugNabis ferus24/03/2020
    BugsCommon Damsel BugNabis rugosus24/03/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsDicyrtomina ornata24/03/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsIsotoma viridis24/03/2020
    Springtails & BristletailsPogonognathellus longicornis24/03/2020
    BugsBirch Catkin BugKleidocerys resedae23/03/2020
    BugsSloe BugDolycoris baccarum22/03/2020
    BugsRhopalus subrufus22/03/2020
    BeetlesNedyus quadrimaculatus19/03/2020
    BugsMocydia crocea19/03/2020
    BugsScolopostethus thomsoni19/03/2020
    SpidersEpisinus angulatus19/03/2020
    MothsHebrew CharacterOrthosia gothica16/03/2020
    AmphibiansGreat Crested NewtTriturus cristatus13/03/2020
    BirdsRookCorvus frugilegus13/03/2020
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula13/03/2020
    SpidersPsilochorus simoni27/02/2020
    SpidersPink ProwlerOonops domesticus22/02/2020
    BirdsMoorhenGallinula chloropus02/02/2020
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes02/02/2020
    MothsFirethorn Leaf MinerPhyllonorycter leucographella02/02/2020
    MammalsWood MouseApodemus sylvaticus18/01/2020
    BeetlesAnt BeetleThanasimus formicarius10/12/2019
    BugsPinalitus cervinus25/11/2019
    FliesAgromyza anthracina24/11/2019
    FungiCommon JellyspotDacrymyces stillatus24/11/2019
    MothsHolm-oak PigmyStigmella suberivora24/11/2019
    WildflowersMexican FleabaneErigeron karvinskianus21/11/2019

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73151
    Bees, Wasps, Ants54665
    Mosses & Liverworts42101
    Slugs & Snails35177
    Springtails & Bristletails3094
    Craneflies, Gnats & Midges2535
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions2441
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10164
    Centipedes & Millipedes918
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    harvestmen (Opiliones)818
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Barklice & Booklice56
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