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: 507

    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
    Willowsia platani14/06/2019AJ Cann
    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
    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
    Flies, Gnats and MidgesXyphosia miliaria02/07/2017
    HoverfliesXylota segnis07/06/2017
    FungiCandlesnuff FungusXylaria hypoxylon18/11/2017
    LichensXanthoria parietina28/02/2017
    Springtails & BristletailsWillowsia platani14/06/2019
    MammalsRed FoxVulpes vulpes16/08/2016
    HoverfliesPellucid FlyVolucella pellucens06/07/2018
    HoverfliesVolucella inanis31/07/2017
    WildflowersCommon Dog-violetViola riviniana05/05/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWayfaring-treeViburnum lantana07/05/2017
    Bees, Wasps, AntsCommon WaspVespula vulgaris05/05/2017
    WildflowersThyme-leaved SpeedwellVeronica serpyllifolia02/05/2017
    WildflowersCommon Field-speedwellVeronica persica24/03/2017
    WildflowersIvy-leaved SpeedwellVeronica hederifolia17/05/2015
    WildflowersSlender SpeedwellVeronica filiformis24/03/2017
    WildflowersGermander SpeedwellVeronica chamaedrys09/06/2017
    WildflowersBrooklimeVeronica beccabunga10/06/2017
    Spiders, Harvestmen & MitesVasates quadripedes13/05/2017
    ButterfliesRed AdmiralVanessa atalanta13/05/2017
    WildflowersCommon NettleUrtica dioica13/05/2017
    Trees, Shrubs & ClimbersWych ElmUlmus glabra07/05/2017
    MothsCinnabarTyria jacobaeae13/08/2017
    BirdsMistle ThrushTurdus viscivorus12/03/2017
    BirdsSong ThrushTurdus philomelos03/06/2017
    BirdsBlackbirdTurdus merula01/04/2017
    BirdsRedwingTurdus iliacus12/12/2017
    BirdsWrenTroglodytes troglodytes13/05/2015
    Slugs & SnailsStrawberry SnailTrochulus striolatus28/04/2019
    Slugs & SnailsTrochulus sericeus02/10/1987
    Slugs & SnailsHairy SnailTrochulus hispidus13/05/2017