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.
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
Thanks to NatureSpot, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust for supporting the work of Knighton Wild in Knighton.
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).
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:
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Red Mason Bee||Osmia bicornis||17/04/2019||Maggie Frankum|
|Grey Heron||Ardea cinerea||17/04/2019||Maggie Frankum|
|Tetragnatha obtusa||15/04/2019||AJ Cann|
|Orange Tip||Anthocharis cardamines||14/04/2019||Maggie Frankum|
|Mallard||Anas platyrhynchos||13/04/2019||Maggie Frankum|
|Birch Catkin Bug||Kleidocerys resedae||13/04/2019||AJ Cann|
|Pine Ladybird||Exochomus quadripustulatus||13/04/2019||AJ Cann|
|Tetragnatha obtusa||13/04/2019||AJ Cann|
|Nursery Web Spider||Pisaura mirabilis||11/04/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Speckled Wood||Pararge aegeria||11/04/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Small White||Pieris rapae||11/04/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|7 Spot Ladybird||Coccinella septempunctata||11/04/2019||Saharima Roenisch|
|Orange Tip||Anthocharis cardamines||08/04/2019||AJ Cann|
|Holly Blue||Celastrina argiolus||08/04/2019||AJ Cann|
|Currant Pug||Eupithecia assimilata||07/04/2019||AJ Cann|
|Species group||Total no. of species||Total no. of records|
|Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites||71||152|
|Trees, Shrubs & Climbers||69||144|
|Flies, Gnats and Midges||51||113|
|Bees, Wasps, Ants||49||619|
|Slugs & Snails||33||161|
|Mosses & Liverworts||28||61|
|Springtails & Bristletails||25||66|
|Grasses, Rushes & Sedges||22||49|
|Dragonflies and Damselflies||10||139|
|Centipedes & Millipedes||9||21|
|Grasshoppers & Crickets||6||27|
|Barklice & Booklice||4||4|
|Ferns & Horsetails||4||5|