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.

    Total species seen in this parish: 1241

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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.

    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: or

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    Bright-line Brown-eyeLacanobia oleracea20/07/2019AJ Cann
    Bud MothSpilonota ocellana20/07/2019AJ Cann
    Chequered Fruit-tree TortrixPandemis corylana20/07/2019AJ Cann
    Cinerous GroundlingBryotropha terrella20/07/2019AJ Cann
    Double Square-spotXestia triangulum20/07/2019AJ Cann
    Mottled RusticCaradrina morpheus20/07/2019AJ Cann
    Poplar Hawk-mothLaothoe populi20/07/2019AJ Cann
    Ruddy StreakTachystola acroxantha20/07/2019AJ Cann
    Western Conifer Seed BugLeptoglossus occidentalis17/07/2019Nicky Thompson
    Western Conifer Seed BugLeptoglossus occidentalis17/07/2019Nicky Thompson
    Small CopperLycaena phlaeas17/07/2019Nicky Thompson
    RingletAphantopus hyperantus17/07/2019Nicky Thompson
    KnotgrassPolygonum aviculare15/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    14 Spot ladybirdPropylea quattuordecimpunctata15/07/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Harlequin LadybirdHarmonia axyridis15/07/2019Saharima Roenisch

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Bees, Wasps, AntsLasius umbratus24/09/1983
    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 & 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 & SnailsGarden SnailCornu aspersum24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsCellar SnailOxychilus cellarius24/09/1989
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus24/09/1989
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesClubiona lutescens27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesDiplocephalus picinus27/05/1995
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesGongylidium rufipes27/05/1995
    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
    BirdsBullfinchPyrrhula pyrrhula18/04/2009
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersIvyHedera helix20/03/2012
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersElderSambucus nigra13/06/2012
    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
    Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites79174
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73151
    Flies, Gnats and Midges52115
    Bees, Wasps, Ants52644
    Slugs & Snails35177
    Springtails & Bristletails2974
    Mosses & Liverworts2861
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10147
    Centipedes & Millipedes919
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    Grasshoppers & Crickets628
    Ferns & Horsetails45
    Spiders, Harvestmen, Mites & Ticks44
    Barklice & Booklice44
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