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.  Knighton Wild is also involved in the management of St Mary Magdalen Churchyard and Knighton Green.  Knighton Green is a small area of grass and woodland on the Wash Brook.

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    Total species seen in this parish: 1347

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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.

    Record Wildlife in your Garden

    While we are all restricted to spending most of our time at home, why not record the wildlife you see in your garden?

    Knighton Wild is running a series of posts on its website with details of what some of its members are seeing in their gardens with suggestions for what you might see and help with identification.

    Have a look at the Knighton Wild website and record your sightings here on NatureSpot.

    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. 

    Parish Update

    Get involved this year with Knighton Wild in meetings and practical activities.

    Knighton Wild Facebook Group

    Knighton Wild has a new Facebook group where you can share and discuss your local wildlife sightings. Please join us: https://www.facebook.com/groups/530101604578306/

    Record Wildlife in Your Garden

    Spending your time at home?  Why not record the wildlife you see in your garden.  Have a look at the Knighton Wild website for updates from some of our members on what they've seen and identification suggestions and help.  You can record what you see on NatureSpot.  Why not register if you haven't already?

    Birdwatching Walk - Washbrook Local Nature Reserve

    Saturday 25th April, 10.00 am-12.00 noon.  Cancelled due to the Covid-19 Emergency.

    Practical Work on Knighton Green

    No activities at present.

    If you are interested and have ideas for future 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
    BrimstoneGonepteryx rhamni05/04/2020AJ Cann
    Holly BlueCelastrina argiolus05/04/2020AJ Cann
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines05/04/2020AJ Cann
    PeacockAglais io05/04/2020AJ Cann
    Small TortoiseshellAglais urticae05/04/2020AJ Cann
    Red KiteMilvus milvus05/04/2020AJ Cann
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines05/04/2020Nicky Thompson
    CommaPolygonia c-album04/04/20202jays
    RavenCorvus corax02/04/2020Simon Bennett
    Carrion CrowCorvus corone02/04/2020Simon Bennett
    Tapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax27/03/2020Simon Bennett
    Green ShieldbugPalomena prasina27/03/2020Simon Bennett
    Nephus quadrimaculatus27/03/2020Annie Smith
    CommaPolygonia c-album26/03/2020Nicky Thompson
    PeacockAglais io26/03/2020Nicky Thompson

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BeetlesAbax parallelepipedus13/08/2017
    MothsThe MagpieAbraxas grossulariata05/08/2018
    MothsThe SpectacleAbrostola tripartita17/06/2019
    BugsHawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale06/07/2016
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus09/09/2017
    MothsWater VeneerAcentria ephemerella24/06/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre24/02/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus18/04/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver MapleAcer saccharinum15/06/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsRed Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris08/06/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria campestricola12/05/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria cephalonea05/05/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsWalnut Leaf Gall MiteAceria erinea26/08/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria eriobia09/09/2018
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsCauliflower Gall MiteAceria fraxinivora09/09/2018
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria genistae15/11/2015
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria macrochela09/09/2018
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria macrorhyncha13/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAchaius oratorius24/06/2016
    WildflowersYarrowAchillea millefolium26/08/2017
    MothsAcleris ferrugana/notana agg.18/06/2018
    MothsSallow ButtonAcleris hastiana17/03/2015
    MothsGarden Rose TortrixAcleris variegana24/08/2019
    MothsGrey Knot-hornAcrobasis advenella23/07/2018
    MothsThe SycamoreAcronicta aceris24/06/2017
    MothsThe Miller (Moth)Acronicta leporina21/05/2018
    MothsGrey DaggerAcronicta psi05/07/2019
    MothsKnot GrassAcronicta rumicis17/05/2018
    MothsGrey/Dark Dagger agg.Acronicta tridens/psi agg.24/06/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAculus xylostei24/06/2013

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Total13476104
    Moths273948
    Wildflowers175522
    Fungi90184
    Beetles77274
    Bugs74295
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73151
    Spiders72190
    Bees, Wasps, Ants54665
    Birds53851
    Mosses & Liverworts42101
    Flies41111
    Hoverflies39297
    Slugs & Snails35179
    Springtails & Bristletails3094
    Craneflies, Gnats & Midges2535
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions2441
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Butterflies21493
    Caddisflies1663
    Sawflies1639
    Mammals13115
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10164
    Centipedes & Millipedes918
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    harvestmen (Opiliones)818
    Lichens819
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Barklice & Booklice56
    Amphibians472
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