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.
- 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.
Total species seen in this parish: 1342
Thanks to NatureSpot, Leicester City Council and Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust for supporting the work of Knighton Wild in Knighton.
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!
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.
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.
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:
|Common Name||Latin Name||Date Recorded||Recorded By|
|Comma||Polygonia c-album||26/03/2020||Nicky Thompson|
|Peacock||Aglais io||26/03/2020||Nicky Thompson|
|Tapered Drone Fly||Eristalis pertinax||26/03/2020||Nicky Thompson|
|Common Quaker||Orthosia cerasi||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Double-striped Pug||Gymnoscelis rufifasciata||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|24 Spot Ladybird||Subcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Birch Catkin Bug||Kleidocerys resedae||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Common Damsel Bug||Nabis rugosus||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Dicyrtomina ornata||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Dock Bug||Coreus marginatus||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Field Damsel Bug||Nabis ferus||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Isotoma viridis||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Orchesella cincta||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Orchesella villosa||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Pogonognathellus longicornis||24/03/2020||AJ Cann|
|Species group||Total no. of species||Total no. of records|
|Trees, Shrubs & Climbers||73||151|
|Bees, Wasps, Ants||54||665|
|Mosses & Liverworts||42||101|
|Slugs & Snails||35||177|
|Springtails & Bristletails||30||94|
|Craneflies, Gnats & Midges||25||35|
|Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions||24||41|
|Grasses, Rushes & Sedges||22||51|
|Dragonflies and Damselflies||10||164|
|Centipedes & Millipedes||9||18|
|Grasshoppers & Crickets||6||29|
|Barklice & Booklice||5||6|