Knighton Park

    Wildlife Highlights

    Knighton Spinney is an area of mature woodland that is home to a variety of wildlife, including displays of wood anemones and bluebells in the spring. Squire Craddock-Hartopp planted oak trees to form the spinney in 1840 to help provide oak wood for future shipbuilding. To make the oaks grow tall and straight, ash were planted in between them. Later Craddock decided to keep the woodland as a fox covert and in 1932 a covenant was published declaring that the spinney should be a nature reserve for all time. The spinney is fenced off from the rest of the park and is open to the public on some Sundays with the support of volunteer wardens. As an area of mature oak woodland, the spinney is home to many birds, including green and great-spotted woodpeckers, nuthatches, blackcaps and many others.

    Mature flower beds provide an attractive and long-flowering season for invertebrates. These are particularly rich in areas surrounding the Spinney, the Heath Garden and Sensory Garden.

    Saffron Brook has remained more natural through the main section of the park. The pools and riffles support a range of aquatic invertebrates and the banks are allowed to grow more naturally to support nesting birds, invertebrates and foraging bats.

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    In 2017 a bioblitz was held at Knighton Park, organised by the City Council. More details can be found in a newsletter describing the event and the species found can be seen here.

    Wild places

    Total species seen at this site: 505

    Latest News

    Leicester City Council has produced a Development Plan for the Park following an external consultation with local stakeholders and residents.  This will help inform on the future of the park and its mixed uses, funding, management and opportunities.


    Knighton Park is a significant area of green open space at the southern boundary of the ward, where it meets with Oadby and Wigston.  It contains Knighton Spinney, which is a local nature reserve, and is open to the public on some Sundays.  The Saffron Brook runs through the park, and there is a pond in the Heath Garden, both of which provide habitats for a number of aquatic species.  The park contains a large number of native and ornamental trees, and there is a tree trail to guide visitors round 20 interesting and significant trees.  Knighton Wild has produced an online version of the tree trail leaflet, which also includes some additional information about wildlife that you might encounter if you follow the trail round the park.

    Latest records

    Common Name Latin Name Date Recorded Recorded By
    SwiftApus apus21/05/2019AJ Cann
    Orange TipAnthocharis cardamines21/05/2019AJ Cann
    Small TortoiseshellAglais urticae21/05/2019AJ Cann
    Tulip-treeLiriodendron tulipifera14/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Holly BlueCelastrina argiolus14/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Speckled WoodPararge aegeria14/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Green-veined WhitePieris napi14/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Brown-lipped SnailCepaea nemoralis08/05/2019Saharima Roenisch
    Cloeon dipterum28/04/2019David Nicholls
    Wandering Pond SnailRadix balthica28/04/2019David Nicholls
    Great Pond SnailLymnaea stagnalis28/04/2019David Nicholls
    European fingernail clamSphaerium corneum28/04/2019David Nicholls
    Smooth NewtLissotriton vulgaris28/04/2019David Nicholls
    Ivy-leaved DuckweedLemna trisulca28/04/2019David Nicholls
    Water MintMentha aquatica28/04/2019David Nicholls
    Getting There

    The park can be reached by public transport, and there is an entrance from Welford Road, which is served by the Arriva 47, 48 and 49 services.  It is also possible to walk to the park from London Road, served by Arriva 31, or from Shanklin Drive, served by Arriva 44.  (In all cases variants such as the 44A pass the same locations.)

    Cyclists can reach the park from the City Centre via Victoria Park, Clarendon Park Road, Knighton Road and Carisbrooke Road (avoiding London Road and Welford Road).  Palmerston Way, which runs past the park has cycle tracks and forms part of Leicester's Route 4.

    There is a car park at the entrance on Palmerston Way.

    Managed By
    Leicester City Council

    Group Common name Latin name Last seen
    Slugs & SnailsDotted SlugArion circumscriptus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsArion distinctus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsLeopard SlugLimax maximus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsLesser BulinMerdigera obscura02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus02/10/1987
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesVasates quadripedes19/09/2007
    BirdsGreen WoodpeckerPicus viridis01/02/2012
    Bees, Wasps, AntsRed-tailed BumblebeeBombus lapidarius12/04/2014
    BeetlesGreen Dock BeetleGastrophysa viridula13/05/2015
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes13/05/2015
    Grasses, Rushes & SedgesMeadow FoxtailAlopecurus pratensis13/05/2015
    BirdsGreat TitParus major17/05/2015
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesHolly leaf minerPhytomyza ilicis17/05/2015
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesCucumber Green Orb SpiderAraniella cucurbitina sensu lato17/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHawthornCrataegus monogyna17/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersHollyIlex aquifolium17/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWild PrivetLigustrum vulgare17/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersBlackthornPrunus spinosa17/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersYewTaxus baccata17/05/2015
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersCommon LimeTilia platyphyllos x cordata = T. x europaea17/05/2015
    WildflowersBugleAjuga reptans17/05/2015
    WildflowersWood AnemoneAnemone nemorosa17/05/2015
    WildflowersWavy Bitter-cressCardamine flexuosa17/05/2015
    WildflowersBlack BryonyDioscorea communis17/05/2015
    WildflowersCleaversGalium aparine17/05/2015
    WildflowersHogweedHeracleum sphondylium17/05/2015
    BirdsKestrelFalco tinnunculus21/05/2015
    BeetlesBlue Willow BeetlePhratora vulgatissima23/05/2015
    Beetles24 Spot LadybirdSubcoccinella vigintiquattuorpunctata23/05/2015
    CaddisfliesLimnephilus lunatus23/05/2015