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: 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
    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
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines08/04/2019AJ Cann
    Holly BlueCelastrina argiolus08/04/2019AJ Cann
    Currant PugEupithecia assimilata07/04/2019AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Unknown+ new species03/06/2017
    BeetlesAbax parallelepipedus13/08/2017
    MothsThe MagpieAbraxas grossulariata05/08/2018
    MothsThe SpectacleAbrostola tripartita24/06/2018
    BugsHawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale22/06/2017
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus09/09/2017
    MothsWater VeneerAcentria ephemerella10/07/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre05/05/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus18/04/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver MapleAcer saccharinum15/06/2017
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAceria campestricola13/05/2017
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAceria cephalonea05/05/2017
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesWalnut Leaf Gall MiteAceria erinea02/07/2018
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAceria eriobia09/09/2018
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesCauliflower Gall MiteAceria fraxinivora09/09/2018
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAceria genistae15/11/2015
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAceria macrochela09/09/2018
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAceria macrorhyncha13/05/2017
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesRed Pustule GallAceria myriadeum08/06/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAchaius oratorius24/06/2016
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium09/08/2015
    MothsAcleris ferrugana/notana agg.17/12/2015
    MothsSallow ButtonAcleris hastiana17/03/2015
    MothsGrey Knot-hornAcrobasis advenella23/07/2018
    MothsThe SycamoreAcronicta aceris24/06/2017
    MothsThe Miller (Moth)Acronicta leporina21/05/2018
    MothsGrey/Dark Dagger agg.Acronicta psi/tridens agg.24/06/2017
    MothsKnot GrassAcronicta rumicis17/05/2018
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesAculus xylostei20/05/2017
    Beetles2 Spot LadybirdAdalia bipunctata30/04/2017

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites71152
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers69144
    Flies, Gnats and Midges51113
    Bees, Wasps, Ants49619
    Slugs & Snails33161
    Mosses & Liverworts2861
    Springtails & Bristletails2566
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2249
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10139
    Woodlice, Crustaceans942
    Centipedes & Millipedes921
    Grasshoppers & Crickets627
    Barklice & Booklice44
    Ferns & Horsetails45
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