Knighton Ward

    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: 1221

    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.

    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

    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.

    Parish Update

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

    AGM and Talk about Swifts

    Knighton Wild's AGM is on 15th May 2019 at 7.30 pm in the Lounge at Knighton Parish Centre, Church Lane, LE2 3WG.  After a short business session, we shall be hearing all about swifts from Peter Williams of the Leicestershire and Rutland Swift Partnership.  Swifts are one of the birds that have experienced a decline in numbers, and Peter will tell about work that is being done to monitor swifts and provide additional nesting sites to supplement their traditional sites under the eaves of houses. £1 members, £3 non-members.  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
    Dark ArchesApamea monoglypha17/06/2019AJ Cann
    Diamond-back MothPlutella xylostella17/06/2019AJ Cann
    Foxglove PugEupithecia pulchellata17/06/2019AJ Cann
    Lime Hawk-mothMimas tiliae17/06/2019AJ Cann
    Riband WaveIdaea aversata17/06/2019AJ Cann
    Swallow-tailed MothOurapteryx sambucaria17/06/2019AJ Cann
    The SpectacleAbrostola tripartita17/06/2019AJ Cann
    Willowsia platani14/06/2019AJ Cann
    Heteromurus nitidus13/06/2019AJ Cann
    Large Yellow UnderwingNoctua pronuba13/06/2019AJ Cann
    Green PugPasiphila rectangulata13/06/2019AJ Cann
    Sloe BugDolycoris baccarum11/06/2019Robert Carter
    Brimstone MothOpisthograptis luteolata05/06/2019AJ Cann
    Common CarpetEpirrhoe alternata05/06/2019AJ Cann
    Common MarbleCelypha lacunana05/06/2019AJ Cann

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.10/01/2017
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo10/04/2016
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris31/07/2017
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria31/03/2014
    Barklice & BookliceEctopsocus briggsi29/03/2016
    Barklice & BookliceGraphopsocus cruciatus23/10/2017
    Barklice & BookliceStenopsocus stigmaticus26/08/2017
    Barklice & BookliceValenzuela flavidus13/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAchaius oratorius24/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAmblyteles armatorius21/06/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria03/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva08/04/2015
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa17/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nitida13/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica08/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus callidoma09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus curvator17/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsArtichoke Gall WaspAndricus foecundatrix09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus gemmeus09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus grossulariae09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndricus inflator09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Marble Gall WaspAndricus kollari22/12/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCola-nut GallAndricus lignicola09/09/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsKnopper Oak Gall WaspAndricus quercuscalicis10/08/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEuropean Wool-carder BeeAnthidium manicatum03/06/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHairy-footed Flower BeeAnthophora plumipes28/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera19/04/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAritranis director13/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida14/06/2017

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Total12215475
    Moths251830
    Wildflowers173516
    Spiders, Harvestmen & Mites78172
    Fungi76153
    Trees, Shrubs & Climbers72150
    Bugs67260
    Beetles66244
    Birds52788
    Bees, Wasps, Ants51636
    Flies, Gnats and Midges51114
    Hoverflies36264
    Slugs & Snails35174
    Springtails & Bristletails2974
    Mosses & Liverworts2861
    Grasses, Rushes & Sedges2251
    Butterflies20455
    Sawflies1534
    Mammals11103
    Caddisflies1132
    Dragonflies and Damselflies10142
    Centipedes & Millipedes921
    Woodlice, Crustaceans947
    Craneflies812
    Lichens614
    Grasshoppers & Crickets627
    Spiders, Harvestmen, Mites & Ticks44
    Barklice & Booklice44
    Worms46
    Ferns & Horsetails45
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