Knighton Ward

    Map key:

    • 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.

    Dragonfly Atlas

    County Recorder Ian Merrill has updated our knowledge of the Odonata in Leicestershire and Rutland (VC55) with an updated version of the County Dragonfly and Damselfly Atlas and Checklist,

    Total species seen in this parish: 1373


    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.

    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:

    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
    Common FroghopperPhilaenus spumarius26/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Shepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris26/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Wall SpeedwellVeronica arvensis26/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    CinnabarTyria jacobaeae26/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Lesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus19/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    ElderSambucus nigra19/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Turkey OakQuercus cerris19/05/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Codling MothCydia pomonella17/05/2020AJ Cann
    Muslin MothDiaphora mendica17/05/2020AJ Cann
    Poplar GreySubacronicta megacephala17/05/2020AJ Cann
    Poplar Hawk-mothLaothoe populi17/05/2020AJ Cann
    Small MagpieAnania hortulata17/05/2020AJ Cann
    Pardosa amentata16/05/2020AJ Cann
    Pardosa amentata13/05/2020AJ Cann
    Mouse SpiderScotophaeus blackwalli13/05/2020AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    WildflowersShepherd's-purseCapsella bursa-pastoris26/05/2020
    WildflowersWall SpeedwellVeronica arvensis26/05/2020
    BirdsLesser Black-backed GullLarus fuscus19/05/2020
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra19/05/2020
    MothsMuslin MothDiaphora mendica17/05/2020
    SpidersPardosa amentata13/05/2020
    Craneflies, Gnats & MidgesSpotted CraneflyNephrotoma appendiculata12/05/2020
    BirdsGreat Spotted WoodpeckerDendrocopos major09/05/2020
    BeetlesAgriotes lineatus08/05/2020
    SpidersCeratinella brevipes08/05/2020
    SpidersDismodicus bifrons08/05/2020
    SpidersPocadicnemis pumila08/05/2020
    SpidersTetragnatha montana08/05/2020
    MothsOchreous PugEupithecia indigata07/05/2020
    MothsBrown House-mothHofmannophila pseudospretella07/05/2020
    MothsYellow-faced BellNotocelia cynosbatella07/05/2020
    BeetlesBadister bullatus27/04/2020
    BeetlesDemetrias atricapillus27/04/2020
    harvestmen (Opiliones)Platybunus triangularis27/04/2020
    SpidersDicymbium nigrum/brevisetosum agg.27/04/2020
    SpidersPalliduphantes ericaeus27/04/2020
    SpidersCommon Wolf SpiderPardosa pullata27/04/2020
    SpidersTenuiphantes tenuis27/04/2020
    SpidersSitticus pubescens26/04/2020
    BeetlesWhite Clover Seed WeevilProtapion fulvipes24/04/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nigroaenea23/04/2020
    Bees, Wasps, AntsNomada flava22/04/2020
    BeetlesNephus quadrimaculatus19/04/2020
    BeetlesRhyzobius chrysomeloides19/04/2020
    SpidersLathys humilis19/04/2020

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73153
    Bees, Wasps, Ants56675
    Mosses & Liverworts42101
    Slugs & Snails35179
    Springtails & Bristletails3096
    Craneflies, Gnats & Midges2636
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions2441
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10168
    Centipedes & Millipedes918
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    harvestmen (Opiliones)819
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Barklice & Booklice56
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