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: 1204

    Thanks

    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:

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

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    SwiftApus apus21/05/2019AJ Cann
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines21/05/2019AJ Cann
    Small TortoiseshellAglais urticae21/05/2019AJ Cann
    The SeraphimLobophora halterata21/05/2019AJ Cann
    Small Purple & GoldPyrausta aurata20/05/2019Maggie Frankum
    Red KiteMilvus milvus20/05/2019revok_uk
    Garden BumblebeeBombus hortorum19/05/2019Maggie Frankum
    Common Marbled CarpetDysstroma truncata16/05/2019AJ Cann
    Common PugEupithecia vulgata16/05/2019AJ Cann
    Ruby TigerPhragmatobia fuliginosa16/05/2019AJ Cann
    Green ShieldbugPalomena prasina14/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Tulip-treeLiriodendron tulipifera14/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Holly BlueCelastrina argiolus14/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria14/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Green-veined WhitePieris napi14/05/2019Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata07/04/2017
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata05/05/2014
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata30/04/2017
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata06/03/2015
    Beetles24 Spot LadybirdSubcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata23/05/2015
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata25/07/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa09/03/2017
    FungiAlder TongueTaphrina alni17/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris26/06/2016
    WildflowersAmerican WillowherbEpilobium ciliatum25/06/2017
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia26/06/2016
    BugsAndromeda LacebugStephanitis takeyai15/06/2018
    MothsAngle ShadesPhlogophora meticulosa06/04/2019
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua09/08/2015
    Mosses & LiverwortsAnomalous Bristle-mossOrthotrichum anomalum10/01/2016
    Woodlice, CrustaceansAnt WoodlousePlatyarthrus hoffmannseggi03/03/2015
    MothsApple Leaf MinerLyonetia clerkella26/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix09/09/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior09/08/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAspenPopulus tremula10/08/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAtlas CedarCedrus atlantica04/01/2017
    WildflowersAutumn HawkbitScorzoneroides autumnalis10/08/2018
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesAzure DamselflyCoenagrion puella19/05/2014
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens21/06/2014
    MothsBarred Fruit-tree TortrixPandemis cerasana19/06/2017
    MothsBarred MarbleCelypha striana24/06/2017
    MothsBarred YellowCidaria fulvata24/06/2017
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesBearded CouchElymus caninus26/08/2017
    FungiBearded MilkcapLactarius pubescens03/10/2015
    MothsBeautiful Golden YAutographa pulchrina10/07/2015

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Total12045415
    Moths246806
    Wildflowers173515
    Fungi75152
    Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites75163
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers70148
    Bugs67259
    Beetles66242
    Birds52788
    Flies, Gnats and Midges51114
    Bees, Wasps, Ants50632
    Hoverflies36264
    Slugs & Snails34168
    Mosses & Liverworts2861
    Springtails & Bristletails2668
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Butterflies20453
    Sawflies1534
    Mammals11103
    Caddisflies1132
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10141
    Centipedes & Millipedes921
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    Craneflies812
    Lichens614
    Grasshoppers & Crickets627
    Ferns & Horsetails45
    Barklice & Booklice44
    Worms46
    Amphibians366
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