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

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Total13286010
    Moths273943
    Wildflowers175522
    Fungi90183
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73151
    Bugs71283
    Beetles70265
    Spiders68182
    Flies, Gnats and Midges57129
    Bees, Wasps, Ants54662
    Birds52830
    Mosses & Liverworts42101
    Hoverflies39294
    Slugs & Snails35177
    Springtails & Bristletails2985
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions2441
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Butterflies21480
    Sawflies1639
    Caddisflies1663
    Mammals13114
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10164
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    Centipedes & Millipedes918
    Craneflies915
    harvestmen (Opiliones)818
    Lichens718
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Barklice & Booklice56
    Ferns & Horsetails45
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