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.

    NatureSpot Annual Report 2019

    Each year NatureSpot publishes an annual report summarising all the activity of the previous 12 months. You can read the 2019 Annual Report (and all the previous ones) here.

    Total species seen in this parish: 1328

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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.

    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:

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

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Grey SquirrelSciurus carolinensis14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    BlackbirdTurdus merula14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    Grey HeronArdea cinerea14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    SparrowhawkAccipiter nisus14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    WrenTroglodytes troglodytes14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    Song ThrushTurdus philomelos14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    RobinErithacus rubecula14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    Blue TitCyanistes caeruleus14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    Great TitParus major14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    Long-tailed TitAegithalos caudatus14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    GreenfinchCarduelis chloris14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    GoldfinchCarduelis carduelis14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    Wood PigeonColumba palumbus14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    Carrion CrowCorvus corone14/02/2020Simon Bennett
    MagpiePica pica14/02/2020Simon Bennett

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Beetles10 Spot LadybirdAdalia decempunctata07/04/2017
    Beetles14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata14/06/2012
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata30/04/2017
    Beetles22 Spot LadybirdPsyllobora vigintiduopunctata26/06/2016
    Beetles24 Spot LadybirdSubcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata23/05/2015
    Beetles7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata19/06/2013
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAlderAlnus glutinosa09/03/2017
    FungiAlder TongueTaphrina alni17/08/2018
    Slugs & SnailsAmber SnailSuccinea putris14/07/2019
    WildflowersAmerican WillowherbEpilobium ciliatum25/06/2017
    WildflowersAmphibious BistortPersicaria amphibia26/06/2016
    BugsAndromeda LacebugStephanitis takeyai15/06/2018
    MothsAngle ShadesPhlogophora meticulosa29/01/2018
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesAnnual Meadow-grassPoa annua09/08/2015
    Mosses & LiverwortsAnomalous Bristle-mossOrthotrichum anomalum10/01/2016
    BeetlesAnt BeetleThanasimus formicarius10/12/2019
    Woodlice, CrustaceansAnt WoodlousePlatyarthrus hoffmannseggi23/07/2015
    MothsApple Leaf MinerLyonetia clerkella26/08/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix09/09/2018
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersAshFraxinus excelsior19/01/2015
    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 puella16/06/2015
    MammalsBadgerMeles meles05/10/2019
    Dragonflies and DamselfliesBanded DemoiselleCalopteryx splendens14/06/2017
    MothsBarred Fruit-tree TortrixPandemis cerasana24/06/2017
    MothsBarred MarbleCelypha striana10/07/2015
    MothsBarred YellowCidaria fulvata18/06/2018

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Worms46
    Amphibians369
    insect - true fly (Diptera)23
    insect - hymenopteran23
    Algae, Bacteria, Virus24
    Slime Moulds11
    Thrips11
    Silverfish11
    millipede11
    Mayflies11
    Lacewings & Scorpionflies12
    Earwigs12
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