Knighton Ward

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    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.

    Zig-Zag Elm Sawfly

    The Zig-Zag Elm Sawfly, Aproceros leucopoda, has arrived in Leicestershire - we recorded our first sighting on 15th September 2020. More...

    Total species seen in this parish: 1470

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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.

    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
    Buck's-horn PlantainPlantago coronopus22/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    TomatoSolanum lycopersicum22/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Lamb's-earStachys byzantina21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Red ValerianCentranthus ruber21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Valerian PsyllidTrioza centranthi21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Zygiella x-notata21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Poplar Bent-wingPhyllocnistis unipunctella21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Aulagromyza populi21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Black-poplar PigmyStigmella trimaculella21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Nigma walckenaeri21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Hypericum PigmyEctoedemia septembrella21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Cock's-footDactylis glomerata21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Small CopperLycaena phlaeas21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
    Face FlyMusca autumnalis21/09/2020Saharima Roenisch
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    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Barklice & Booklice56
    Ferns & Horsetails45
    insect - true bug (Hemiptera)22
    insect - hymenopteran23
    Algae, Bacteria, Virus24
    Slime Moulds22
    Lacewings & Scorpionflies12
    insect - beetle (Coleoptera)11
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