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.

    Birdwatching Walk - Washbrook Local Nature Reserve

    Saturday 25th April, 10.00 am-12.00 noon.  Meet at the reserve entrance near the mini-roundabout on Knighton Lane East.  The focus of the visit will be on birds, but we shall no doubt see all kinds of other wildlife.  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
    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
    Mosses & LiverwortsGreen Yoke-mossZygodon viridissimus27/04/2019
    SpidersZygiella x-notata11/01/2018
    MothsLeopard MothZeuzera pyrina10/07/2015
    SawfliesHoneysuckle SawflyZaraea lonicerae19/04/2018
    MothsBird-cherry ErmineYponomeuta evonymella24/06/2017
    MothsErmine Moth agg.Yponomeuta agg.08/07/2019
    FliesXyphosia miliaria02/07/2017
    HoverfliesXylota segnis13/08/2017
    MothsEarly GreyXylocampa areola03/04/2017
    FungiDead Man's FingersXylaria polymorpha13/06/2017
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon04/01/2018
    MothsSquare-spot RusticXestia xanthographa13/08/2018
    MothsDouble Square-spotXestia triangulum19/06/2017
    MothsSetaceous Hebrew CharacterXestia c-nigrum05/07/2019
    LichensXanthoria parietina27/04/2019
    MothsGarden CarpetXanthorhoe fluctuata08/07/2017
    HoverfliesXanthogramma pedissequum sensu lato05/08/2014
    Springtails & BristletailsWillowsia platani14/06/2019
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes28/04/2019
    HoverfliesVolucella zonaria25/07/2017
    HoverfliesPellucid FlyVolucella pellucens08/07/2014
    HoverfliesVolucella inanis11/08/2014
    Slugs & SnailsPellucid Glass SnailVitrina pellucida02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsMilky Crystal SnailVitrea contracta02/10/1987
    WildflowersMistletoeViscum album23/08/2017
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana05/05/2017
    WildflowersSweet VioletViola odorata20/03/2017
    WildflowersBush VetchVicia sepium26/06/2016
    WildflowersCommon VetchVicia sativa13/06/2012
    WildflowersTufted VetchVicia cracca26/08/2017

    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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