Knighton Ward


    Last month we asked you to look out for the Dotted bee-fly, Bombylius discolor. Here's what happened...

    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: 1181

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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.

    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.

    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.

    Mini-Bioblitz at Queen's Road Allotments

    Members of Knighton Wild, some county recorders and other recorders joined forces for a mini-bioblitz at Queen's Road Allotments in Leicester. Around 230 species were recorded from overnight moth-traps and mammal traps and from survey activity from 10.00 am to 2.00 pm on Sunday 27th May 2018. Thank you to all who took part.
    Parish Update

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

    Practical Work on Knighton Green

    Knighton Green is the area between the ends of Kenwood Road and Church Lane.  Friends of Knighton Green are planning to plant an annual wildflower meadow (perennials for next year) 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.

    St Mary's Churchyard Work in March

    We plan a work session in March to clear fallen branches and twigs into a habitat pile.  Keep an eye on our website for details.

    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
    Holly BlueCelastrina argiolus20/04/2019Maggie Frankum
    Red Mason BeeOsmia bicornis17/04/2019Maggie Frankum
    Grey HeronArdea cinerea17/04/2019Maggie Frankum
    Tetragnatha obtusa15/04/2019AJ Cann
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines14/04/2019Maggie Frankum
    MallardAnas platyrhynchos13/04/2019Maggie Frankum
    Birch Catkin BugKleidocerys resedae13/04/2019AJ Cann
    Pine LadybirdExochomus quadripustulatus13/04/2019AJ Cann
    Tetragnatha obtusa13/04/2019AJ Cann
    Nursery Web SpiderPisaura mirabilis11/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria11/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Small WhitePieris rapae11/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata11/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Brown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis11/04/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines08/04/2019AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Slugs & SnailsDotted SlugArion circumscriptus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsArion distinctus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsGarden SlugArion hortensis02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsLesser BulinMerdigera obscura02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsRibbed Grass SnailVallonia costata02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsCommon Whorl SnailVertigo pygmaea02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsMilky Crystal SnailVitrea contracta02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsPellucid Glass SnailVitrina pellucida02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsNetted SlugDeroceras reticulatum24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsGarlic SnailOxychilus alliarius24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsCellar SnailOxychilus cellarius24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsDraparnaud's Glass SnailOxychilus draparnaudi24/09/1989
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesClubiona lutescens27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesClubiona terrestris27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesDiplocephalus picinus27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesDiplostyla concolor27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesLepthyphantes tenuis27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesNeottiura bimaculata27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesNeriene montana27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesOzyptila praticola27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesPardosa amentata27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesTurf Running-spiderPhilodromus cespitum27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesGiant House-spiderTegenaria duellica27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesTheridion mystaceum27/05/1995
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris06/07/2004
    WildflowersRamsonsAllium ursinum20/03/2012
    WildflowersGround-elderAegopodium podagraria13/06/2012
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides13/06/2012

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites71152
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers69144
    Flies, Gnats and Midges51113
    Bees, Wasps, Ants49619
    Slugs & Snails33162
    Mosses & Liverworts2861
    Springtails & Bristletails2566
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2249
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10139
    Woodlice, Crustaceans943
    Centipedes & Millipedes921
    Grasshoppers & Crickets627
    Barklice & Booklice44
    Ferns & Horsetails45
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