Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 22nd October
The 2017 area bird year list is 184 species (184 species at the same time last year)

22nd - A Rock Pipit, 2 Swallows and 11 Redpolls flew over Hythe (Sean McMinn).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


21st - 35 Gannets flew west at Hythe, also 40 Common Scoter offshore (Ian Roberts).


2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


19th - A Ring Ouzel, 3 Firecrests,7 Chiffchaffs and 8 Goldcrests at Mill Point, where 2 Redpolls and 5 Siskins flew east (Ian Roberts). A Firecrest, 4 Goldcrests, 5 Chiffchaffs and 6 Song Thrushes at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Ring Ouzel, 10 Redwings at 50 Blackbirds at Princes Parade (Nigel Webster).


A Cydalima perspectalis (Box Tree Moth), a Vestal, a Silver Y and 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Vestal, 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Dark Sword-grass and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Cydalima perspectalis at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Guillemot at Princes Parade

(Nigel Webster)

Musotima nitidalis at Folks' Wood

(Ian Roberts)

Merveille du Jour at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

18th - 2 Arctic Skuas, 20 Kittiwakes, 75 Gannets and 250 Mediterranean Gulls off Samphire Hoe, where 25 Siskins flew west (Ian Roberts).


2 Vestals, 4 Scarce Bordered Straws and 4 Rusty-dot Pearls at Folkestone Warren. A Delicate, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Silver Y at Cheriton. A Delicate, a Silver Y and 2 Dark Sword-grass at Hythe (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


17th - 2 Redpolls, 6 Siskins, 12 Swallows, 30 House Martins and 135 Goldfinches flew west at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). 4 Redpolls and 11 Siskins at Princes Parade (Nigel Webster).


A Dark Sword-grass, a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


16th - A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Vestal at Hythe. The first area record of Musotima nitidalis and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Folks' Wood, where Feathered Thorn, Yellow-line Quaker and November Moth were new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook, where Caloptilia betulicola (Red Birch Slender) and Yellow-line Quaker was new for the year (Paul Howe).

15th - A Short-toed Treecreeper at Samphire Hoe, the second site and area record, was the standout highlight of Wildlife Migration Day, also a Firecrest there (East Kent Wildlife Group / Martin Collins / Paul Holt). 

A Little Grebe, a Guillemot, 2 Stonechats, 4 Blackcaps, 7 Chiffchaffs and 60+ Dunnocks at Princes Parade, where 2 Bramblings, 2 Jays, 4 Sky Larks, 15 Siskins, 30 House Martins, 45 Swallows, 60 Goldfinches and 80 Chaffinches flew over at Princes Parade (Nigel Webster / Sean McMinn). 

2 Song Thrushes and 6 Stonechats at Abbotscliffe, where a Reed Bunting, a Siskin, 2 Redpolls, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Greenfinches, 10 Swallows, 30 Goldfinches, 50 House Martins, 70 Starlings and 125 Linnets flew over (Ian Roberts). 

A Whinchat, 3 Grey Wagtails, 4 Chiffchaffs, 5 Siskins and 7 Redwings at Creteway Down (Brian Harper). 

2 Swallows and 12 House Martins at Hythe Ranges (Bruce Findlay). 

A Chiffchaff and 30 Goldfinches at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).

A Vestal and a Delicate at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Delicate, a Clancy's Rustic and a Pearly Underwing at Seabrook, where Merveille du Jour was new for the year (Paul Howe).

Short-toed Treecreeper at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins)

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14th - The Great White Egret again at the Willop sewage works, having also been seen earlier at Nickolls Quarry. Also a Redpoll, 2 Stonechats, 2 Lapwings, 3 Corn Buntings, 3 Snipe, 8 Grey Herons and 45 Linnets in the Willop area (Ian Roberts). 2 continental Coal Tits in a garden in Hythe (Sean McMinn). 2 Rock Pipits at Folkestone Pier, where 4 Brent Geese flew east (David Featherbe).

A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Delicate, a Clancy's Rustic and a Dark Sword-grass at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Delicate and a Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Great White Egret at Willop sewage works (Ian Roberts)

The Vestal at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Pine Carpet at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Peregrine at Abbotscliffe

(Ian Roberts)

13th -  A Great White Egret at the Willop Basin (Ian Roberts). 3 Rock Pipits flew over Hythe, where 7 Little Egrets flew west and 450-500 Gannets were feeding close inshore (Sean McMinn).

2 Clancy's Rustics at Seabrook, where Pine Carpet was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Vestal and a Delicate at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

12th - A Merlin, a Coal Tit and 2 Grey Wagtails at Folkestone Downs, where 4 Redpolls flew over (Mark Varley). 4 Firecrests, 11 Chiffchaffs and 12 Goldcrests at Mill Point, where 50 Siskins flew west (Ian Roberts). 3 Chiffchaffs in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson). A Hobby flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

A Delicate, a Pearly Underwing, a Silver Y and 3 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

11th - 
A Clancy's Rustic at Seabrook (Paul Howe). Singles of Delicate, Pearly Underwing, Rusty-dot Pearl and Silver Y at Hythe. 3 Harbour Porpoises off Mill Point (Ian Roberts). 

Green-brindled Crescent at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Blair's Shoulder-knot at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Large Ranunculus at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Cosmopterix pulchrimella at Hythe Ranges (Barry Barnacal)

10th - A Merlin, a Goldcrest, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 20 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 8 Goldcrests and 15 Chiffchaffs at Mill Point and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers at Princes Parade (Ian Roberts). At least 2, possibly 3, Hobbies flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Pearly Underwing, a Rusty-dot Pearl and 2 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe, where Green-brindled Crescent was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Silver Y and 2 Clancy's Rustics at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


9th - 2 Redwings, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Blackcaps, 6 Reed Buntings, 9 Chiffchaffs and 22 Blackbirds at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 2 Redwings, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Reed Buntings, 4 Chiffchaffs, 8 Song Thrushes and 140 House Martins at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). A Hobby flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Delicates and 3 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Blair's Shoulder-knot and Red-line Quaker at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).


8th - A Short-eared Owl and 2 Redpolls at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Barn Owl, a Firecrest, 2 Goldcrests, 3 Blackcaps and 5 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 20 Meadow Pipits and 80 House Martins flew over Hythe (Ian Roberts).


A Clancy's Rustic and 2 Delicates at Seabrook, where The Mallow was new for the year (Paul Howe). 2 Delicates, 2 Clancy's Rustics, 2 Rusty-dot Pearls and 2 Silver Ys at Hythe, where The Mallow was also noted (Ian Roberts). 


7th - At least 220 Brent Geese flew west past Hythe (Bruce Findlay / Ian Roberts).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Delicate, a Pearly Underwing, a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


6th - 4 Reed Buntings and 9 Chiffchaffs at Abbotscliffe, where 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 3 Siskins and 11 Redpolls flew over (Ian Roberts). 12 Redwings flew over Cheriton (Chris Gillard).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Pearly Underwing, a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Rush Veneer and a Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Silver Y and 2 Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A record of The Concolorous at Hythe from 24th June has now been confirmed by gen. det., with thanks to David Shenton.

Death's-head Hawk-moth at Hythe (Paul Howe / Ian Roberts)

5th - A Death's-head Hawk-moth found in the High Street at Hythe (Isabella Linkin / Paul Howe), also a Delicate at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


4th - A Whitethroat and 3 Goldcrests at Abbotscliffe, where 3 Reed Buntings, 11 Siskins, 25 Meadow Pipits, 30 House Martins and 31 Linnets flew over (Ian Roberts). A Goldcrest, 15 Blackcaps and 23 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 7 Siskins and 9 Mistle Thrushes at Creteway Down (Brian Harper).


A Silver Y and 2 Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


3rd - 2 Wheatears at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay). 3 Wheatears at Church Hougham (Mark Kennett). 12 Goldcrests at Horn Street (Paul Howe).


2 Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


2nd - A Hobby at Horn Street (Paul Howe).


A Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


1st - A Scarce Bordered Straw and a Silver Y (Paul Howe).

January to September 2017 sightings have been archived - click here for a review of the bird sightings for the year to date or here for a review of the moth, butterfly and other sightings.