Knighton Ward

    Roesel's bush cricket

    In recent years we have become familiar with Roesel's bush-cricket, Metrioptera roeselii. Here's why...

    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: 1265

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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.

    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
    Orchesella cincta24/08/2019AJ Cann
    Orchesella villosa24/08/2019AJ Cann
    Angle ShadesPhlogophora meticulosa20/08/2019AJ Cann
    Birch ShieldbugElasmostethus interstinctus20/08/2019Nicky Thompson
    Southern HawkerAeshna cyanea17/08/2019Maggie Frankum
    Red-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius15/08/2019Maggie Frankum
    Buff-tailed BumblebeeBombus terrestris15/08/2019Maggie Frankum
    7 Spot LadybirdCoccinella septempunctata15/08/2019Maggie Frankum
    Flounced RusticLuperina testacea15/08/2019AJ Cann
    Square-spot RusticXestia xanthographa15/08/2019AJ Cann
    Toadflax BrocadeCalophasia lunula15/08/2019AJ Cann
    Volucella inanis12/08/2019Nicky Thompson
    Myathropa florea12/08/2019Nicky Thompson
    Melangyna umbellatarum12/08/2019Nicky Thompson
    Long HoverflySphaerophoria scripta12/08/2019Nicky Thompson

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Algae, Bacteria, VirusTrentepohlia sp.27/01/2017
    AmphibiansCommon ToadBufo bufo08/06/2014
    AmphibiansSmooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris01/04/2014
    AmphibiansCommon FrogRana temporaria15/03/2018
    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 armatorius26/06/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsGrey Mining BeeAndrena cineraria30/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsTawny Mining BeeAndrena fulva30/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsEarly Mining BeeAndrena haemorrhoa17/05/2016
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena nitida13/04/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAndrena scotica03/04/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRam's-horn Gall WaspAndricus aries17/08/2018
    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 plumipes26/04/2018
    Bees, Wasps, AntsHoney BeeApis mellifera12/04/2014
    Bees, Wasps, AntsAritranis director13/05/2019
    Bees, Wasps, AntsOak Apple Gall WaspBiorhiza pallida13/05/2017

    Species group Total no. of species Total no. of records
    Amphibians368
    insect - hymenopteran23
    Lacewings & Scorpionflies12
    Thrips11
    Earwigs12
    Unknown12
    millipede11
    Silverfish11
    Algae, Bacteria, Virus13
    Slime Moulds11
    Mayflies11
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