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.

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    Total species seen in this parish: 1330

    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.

    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
    Pink ProwlerOonops domesticus22/02/2020AJ Cann
    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

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsLasius umbratus24/09/1983
    Slugs & SnailsSmooth Glass SnailAegopinella nitidula02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsDotted SlugArion circumscriptus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsLeopard SlugLimax maximus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsLesser BulinMerdigera obscura02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsDraparnaud's Glass SnailOxychilus draparnaudi02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsStrawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus02/10/1987
    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 & SnailsGarden SlugArion hortensis24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsCellar SnailOxychilus cellarius24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsBrown Soil SlugArion distinctus27/09/1989
    SpidersDiplocephalus picinus27/05/1995
    SpidersGongylidium rufipes27/05/1995
    SpidersOzyptila praticola27/05/1995
    SpidersPardosa amentata27/05/1995
    SpidersTurf Running-spiderPhilodromus cespitum27/05/1995
    SpidersPlatnickina tincta27/05/1995
    Bees, Wasps, AntsFour Coloured Cuckoo BeeBombus sylvestris06/07/2004
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsVasates quadripedes19/09/2007
    HoverfliesVolucella zonaria27/07/2008
    WildflowersRamsonsAllium ursinum20/03/2012
    BeetlesWasp BeetleClytus arietis10/06/2012
    WildflowersGround-elderAegopodium podagraria13/06/2012
    WildflowersBristly OxtongueHelminthotheca echioides13/06/2012
    WildflowersNipplewortLapsana communis13/06/2012
    WildflowersLong-headed PoppyPapaver dubium13/06/2012

    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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