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.

    Small Tortoiseshell

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    Photo Andy's Rutland, Small Tortoiseshell, Aglais urticae. NatureSpot Butterfly Gallery

    Total species seen in this parish: 1342

    Thanks

    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
    CommaPolygonia c-album26/03/2020Nicky Thompson
    PeacockAglais io26/03/2020Nicky Thompson
    Tapered Drone FlyEristalis pertinax26/03/2020Nicky Thompson
    Common QuakerOrthosia cerasi24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Double-striped PugGymnoscelis rufifasciata24/03/2020AJ Cann
    24 Spot LadybirdSubcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Birch Catkin BugKleidocerys resedae24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Common Damsel BugNabis rugosus24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Dicyrtomina ornata24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Dock BugCoreus marginatus24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Field Damsel BugNabis ferus24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Isotoma viridis24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Orchesella cincta24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Orchesella villosa24/03/2020AJ Cann
    Pogonognathellus longicornis24/03/2020AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    BeetlesAbax parallelepipedus13/08/2017
    MothsThe MagpieAbraxas grossulariata05/08/2018
    MothsThe SpectacleAbrostola tripartita24/06/2017
    BugsHawthorn ShieldbugAcanthosoma haemorrhoidale29/04/2017
    BirdsSparrowhawkAccipiter nisus09/09/2017
    MothsWater VeneerAcentria ephemerella10/07/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersField MapleAcer campestre24/02/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSycamoreAcer pseudoplatanus17/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersSilver MapleAcer saccharinum15/06/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsRed Pustule GallAceria aceriscampestris09/09/2018
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria campestricola12/05/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsAceria cephalonea05/05/2017
    Mites, Ticks & PseudoscorpionsWalnut Leaf Gall MiteAceria erinea02/07/2018
    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 millefolium09/08/2015
    MothsAcleris ferrugana/notana agg.17/12/2015
    MothsSallow ButtonAcleris hastiana17/03/2015
    MothsGarden Rose TortrixAcleris variegana24/08/2019
    MothsGrey Knot-hornAcrobasis advenella23/07/2018
    MothsThe SycamoreAcronicta aceris19/06/2017
    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 xylostei20/05/2017

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Total13426080
    Moths273948
    Wildflowers175522
    Fungi90184
    Beetles74271
    Bugs74293
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers73151
    Spiders70188
    Bees, Wasps, Ants54665
    Birds53847
    Mosses & Liverworts42101
    Flies41111
    Hoverflies39296
    Slugs & Snails35177
    Springtails & Bristletails3094
    Craneflies, Gnats & Midges2535
    Mites, Ticks & Pseudoscorpions2441
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Butterflies21484
    Caddisflies1663
    Sawflies1639
    Mammals13115
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10164
    Centipedes & Millipedes918
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    harvestmen (Opiliones)818
    Lichens819
    Grasshoppers & Crickets629
    Barklice & Booklice56
    Amphibians471
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