Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 18th April
The 2017 area bird year list is 161 species (154 species at the same time last year)

18th - 2 Arctic Skuas, 4 Shelduck and 110 Common Scoter flew past Folkestone Pier, where a Swallow arrived in off (Mark Varley).


Scorched Carpet at Horn Street and Large White and Lunar Marbled Brown at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).


17th - 2 Arctic Skuas and 9 Great Skuas flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Little Grebe and a Wheatear there (Ian Roberts / Geoff Burton / Phil Smith). A Whimbrel flew east past Mill Point (Brian Harper). A Cuckoo, a Sedge Warbler and a Cetti's Warbler at Nickolls Quarry (Geoff Cooke).


A Clouded Yellow at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). Caloptilia falconipennella (Scarce Alder Slender) and Digitivalva pulicariae (Fleabane Smudge) at Horn Street were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Harbour Porpoise at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).

Painted Lady at Folkestone Escarpment (Alfie Gay)

Lead-coloured Drab at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Shovelers at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson)

Little Owl at Hythe Roughs (Brian Harper: www.brizey.co.uk)

16th - The first Cuckoo of the year and a Reed Warbler at Nickolls Quarry and 2 Wheatears at Princes Parade (Brian Harper / Jamie Tomsett). A Little Gull and a Little Egret flew past Samphire Hoe, also a Wheatear there and a Yellow Wagtail and 2 Swallows arrived in off the sea (Mark Kennett / Steve Cutt / Ian Roberts). A Raven flew over Saltwood (Paul Howe).


A Lead-coloured Drab (the first area record since 2015) and an Angle Shades at Seabrook and an Orange-tip at Saltwood (Paul Howe). A Common Heath at Cheriton Hill and the first Painted Lady of the year, a Comma, 2 Small Tortoiseshells, 2 Green-veined White and 3 Peacocks at Folkestone Escarpment (Alfie Gay).


15th - A Long-tailed Duck, a Great Northern Diver, 5 Black-necked Grebesa Mute Swan, a Greylag Goose, 2 Shovelers, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 7 Oystercatchers, 170 Brent Geese and 650 Common Scoter passed Samphire Hoe, also 2 Wheatears, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 3 Swallows there (Steve Cutt / Martin Collins / Barry Woolhouse / Paul Holt / Ian Roberts). A Great White Egret, a Little Egret and 2 Common Sandpipers at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper). 2 Red Kites flew over Folkestone Warren (Dale Gibson).


The V-Pug and Agonopterix arenella (Brindled Flat-body) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

Great White Egret at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper)

Black-necked Grebes at Princes Parade (Brian Harper)

Long-eared Owl at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith)

Tree Pipit at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper)

Pine Beauty at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Powdered Quaker at Seabrook
(Paul Howe)
Shoulder Stripe at Seabrook
(Paul Howe)
Brindled Beauty at Seabrook
(Paul Howe)

14th – A Willow Warbler, a Whitethroat, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Firecrest, a Marsh Harrier and a Green Sandpiper at Botolph’s Bridge and a Yellow Wagtail at Donkey Street (Brian Harper). A Garden Warbler and a Willow Warbler at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Ring Ouzel at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


13th - 2 Black-necked Grebes off Princes Parade, also a Firecrest there, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Green Sandpiper, a Red-legged Partridge and 43 Stock Doves at Botolph’s Bridge and a Snipe and a Little Owl at Hythe Roughs (Brian Harper). 2 Slavonian Grebes off Folkestone Beach, to the west of the pier (O. Leyshon). A Lesser Whitethroat at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley).


12th - 3 Slavonian Grebes, a Wheatear, 2 White Wagtails, 2 Redwings, 10 Whimbrel and 54 Gannets at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). A Common Sandpiper, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Tufted Duck and 2 Shoveler at Hythe Ranges, 2 House Martins, 3 Sand Martins and 48 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry, a Jack Snipe, a Wheatear, a Gadwall and 27 Stock Doves at Donkey Street, 3 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe Redoubt, a Marsh Tit and 2 Nuthatch at Bargrove Wood and a Little Egret and 2 Brent Geese at the Willop Basin (Brian Harper). A House Martin, a Shoveler, a Water Rail, 5 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs, 7 Swallows and 39 Meadow Pipits at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson). 10 Redwings and 19 Fieldfares at Church Hougham (Mark Kennett).


Pale Pinion and Agonopterix alstromeriana (Brown-spot Flat-body) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).  


11th - The first Reed Warbler and 2 Snipe at Botolph’s Bridge and a Sand Martin at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper). A Brambling, 2 Water Rails, 2 Redwings and 5 Shoveler at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).


Pine Beauty, The Streamer, Swallow Prominent, Nut-tree Tussock, Parornix anglicella (Hawthorn Slender) and Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty-plume Moth) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).


10th - A Long-eared Owl at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith / Paul Holt). A Jack Snipe at Donkey Street, a Green Sandpiper and a Peregrine at Botolph’s Bridge and 5 Siskins along the canal at Palmarsh (Brian Harper).


The first Small White of the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


9th - A Great Northern Diver on the sea between Sandgate and Seabrook (Neil Frampton). A Short-eared Owl, a Black-throated Diver, a Wheatear, 2 Swallows and 25 Sandwich Terns at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). A Snipe, 2 Pochard, 3 Sand Martins and 38 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry, a Green Sandpiper at Botolph’s Bridge, a Firecrest at Folks’ Wood and a Marsh Tit and 2 Redwings at Bargrove Wood (Brian Harper). 2 Swallows flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Powdered Quaker at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). 4 Harbour Porpoises off Hythe (Sean McMinn).


8th - A Ring Ouzel, a Black Redstart and a Swallow at Creteway Down (Dale Gibson). A drake Red-breasted Merganser at Battery Point, a Wheatear at Hythe Ranges and 2 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper). A Swallow at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


7th - A Tree Pipit and a Swallow at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper).


Shoulder Stripe, Brindled Pug and Zelleria hepariella (Brown Ash Ermel) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).  


6th - The first 2 Sedge Warblers singing at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper) and the first Swallow arrived in off the sea at Fisherman's Beach, Hythe. An adult Little Gull, 2 Black-throated Divers, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 4 Common Terns, 11 Shoveler, 13 Siskins, 55 Sandwich Terns and 255 Common Scoters flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Firecrest, a Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs there (Tony Swandale / Ian Roberts). A Red-breasted Merganser flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Green-veined White, Comma, Peacock, Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Brimstone at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Brimstone in a garden in Cheriton (Chris Gillard).

5th - A male Brambling in a garden in Cheriton (Neil Frampton). A female Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone, also 3 Buzzards flew over (John Tomlinson). Up to 4 Chiffchaffs along the canal between Hythe and Seabrook (Clive Nuttman).

4th - A Water Rail, a Teal, 2 Red-legged Partridges and 21 Redwings at Beachborough Lakes, where 2 Bramblings flew east (Steve Tomlinson). 2 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). 2 Chiffchaffs at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley) and 2 Chiffchaffs in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson).

3rd - 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite Twiss Road (Mark Varley). A Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone (Mick Vandoen).

2nd - A Wheatear, a Firecrest, a Black Redstart and a Chiffchaff at Samphire Hoe, where 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Shelduck, 190 Gannets, 440 Brent Geese and 540 Common Scoter flew east. A Firecrest at Ladies Walk, Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Black Redstart in a garden in Folkestone (Mick Vandoen). 3 Redshanks and 30 Great Crested Grebes at Folkestone Harbour (Mark Varley).

A Harbour Porpoise off Folkestone Harbour (Mark Varley).

1st - A Short-eared Owl, a Firecrest, a Black Redstart, a Chiffchaff, a Redwing, 2 Wheatears and 12 Stonechats at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt / Martin Collins / Phil Smith / Ian Roberts). A Red Kite and 2 Chiffchaffs at Asholt Wood (Chris Gillard). A Chiffchaff singing at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

2 Harbour Porpoises off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts / Paul Holt).

Short-eared Owl at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins)

Firecrest at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins)

March

31st - 2 Egyptian Geese at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper). A female Brambling in a garden in Lympne (Philip Sharp). 45 Brent Geese, 76 Sandwich Terns and 140 Common Scoter flew east past Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).

30th - 2 Wheatears, 2 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe where 3 Teal, 28 Sandwich Terns, 32 Shoveler, 38 Red-throated Divers, 50 Gannets, 72 Brent Geese and 575 Common Scoter flew east in the morning (Martin Collins / Mark Kennett / Phil Smith / Ian Roberts). A Jack Snipe near the Willop Sewage Works and in the afternoon 2 Common Terns, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 48 Sandwich Terns, 56 Common Scoter and 197 Gannets flew east past Princes Parade, with 7 Eider on the sea (Brian Harper), 4 Common Terns, 7 Eider, 68 Common Scoter and 142 Gannets east past Seabrook (Paul Howe) and an Arctic Skua, 22 Sandwich Terns and 32 Gannets flew east past Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Chiffchaff at Folkestone Downs (Mark Varley).

Wheatear at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith)

Black Redstart at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith)

29th - A Firecrest, a Black Redstart, a Shag and 2 Chiffchaffs at Samphire Hoe where 19 Sandwich Terns and 570 Brent Geese flew east (Steve Cutt / Ian Roberts). A Firecrest at Seabrook (Brian Harper). A Firecrest, a Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Red-legged Partridges and 31 Redwings at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).

28th - A Firecrest, a Water Rail, 2 Teal, 3 Shoveler and 3 Chiffchaffs at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson). Purple Sandpiper opposite Twiss Road, Hythe (John Tilby). 

27th - A Slavonian Grebe on the sea off Princes Parade (Brian Harper). A Red Kite flew west at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A male Brambling and 3 Ravens at Lympne (Philip Sharp). 

26th - A male Black Redstart, a Firecrest, a Snipe and 5 Redwing at Samphire Hoe, where 9 Siskins, 136 Sandwich Terns and 480 Chaffinches flew east and a Greylag Goose and 90 Red-throated Divers flew west (Mark Kennett / Ian Roberts). A Firecrest and a Chiffchaff in a garden in Folkestone (David Featherbe). A Goldcrest and 5 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry and 2 Shelduck at the Willop Basin (Roger Norman). A Jack Snipe, a Water Rail, a Chiffchaff and a Little Grebe at Beachborough Lakes (Ian Roberts). 

An Early Thorn at Seabrook was new for the year, also a male Brimstone there (Paul Howe). At least 2 Harbour Porpoises off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).

25th - A ring-tail
Hen Harrier at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper). A male Black Redstart singing from the Hythe Imperial rooftop and a Purple Sandpiper opposite Twiss Road (Sean McMinn). A Firecrest at Samphire Hoe where a Blue Fulmar, 70 Sandwich Terns and 215 Brent Geese flew east and 2 Razorbills, 21 Guillemots and 212 Cormorants were feeding offshore (Ian Roberts / Steve Cutt). 3 Firecrests and 4 continental Coal Tits at Folkestone Warren, where a Curlew, 5 Buzzards and 100 Chaffinches flew east (Paul Holt).

Double-striped Pug at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper). At least 3 Harbour Porpoise off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).

Hen Harrier at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper)

24th - 9 Avocets (in groups of 3 and 6), a flock of 10 Black-tailed Godwits, 2 Gadwall, 3 Curlews, 5 Pintail, 11 Sandwich Terns, 18 Shoveler and 580 Brent Geese flew east past Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts). The first Wheatear of the year on the Hythe Imperial golf course where 52 Red-throated Divers flew east (Sean McMinn). The first Corn Bunting of the year and 2 Jack Snipe at Donkey Street. 2 Shoveler on the sea off Princes Parade where 40 Brent Geese and 43 Sandwich Terns flew east (Brian Harper). 100 Brent Geese flew east past Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).

At least 4 Harbour Porpoise off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).

Firecrest at Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

Brent Geese at Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

Firecrest at Botolph's Bridge

(Brian Harper)

Reed Bunting at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson)
23rd - 2 Redwings at Samphire Hoe where 200 Brent Geese flew east (Mark Varley / Ian Roberts). A Red-legged Partridge in a garden in Cheriton was a very unusual record and the first to be seen locally this year (Sam & Vincent Lloyd).

22nd - A Firecrest and a singing Chiffchaff at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper). A Black Redstart and 3 Firecrests at Samphire Hoe, where 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Siskins and 25 Chaffinches flew over and c.120 Brent Geese flew east. A Woodcock at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts / Steve Cutt). The Baillon's Crake was seen briefly at Beachborough Lakes (but hasn't been seen since), also a Water Rail, a Firecrest, a Chiffchaff, a Little Owl, 2 Teal and 3 Great Crested Grebes at there (Steve Tomlinson).

A Mink at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper). There was some improvement in the moth traps with 15 moths of 7 species at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and 11 of 3 species at Hythe (Ian Roberts), mostly comprising Common Quakers, Small Quakers and Hebrew Characters.

21st - 4 Firecrests at Copt Point (Brian Harper). A Black Redstart, a Firecrest, a Reed Bunting and 2 Redwings at Samphire Hoe, where a Golden Plover flew north (Ian Roberts). 90 Redwings flew east at Folkestone Downs (Mark Varley). A Barn Owl at Nickolls Quarry and a Purple Sandpiper and 2 Sandwich Terns at the Hythe Redoubt (Roger Norman). A Black Redstart again at Hythe (Bruce Findlay). A pair of Siskins in a garden in Saltwood (Geoff Cooke). A Baillon's Crake at  Beachborough Lakes, where a very early Yellow Wagtail flew over, also a Water Rail, a Chiffchaff, a Little Grebe, 2 Firecrests, 2 Teal and 3 Great Crested Grebes there (Steve Tomlinson).

20th - A Firecrest and 3 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts). A Black Redstart at Hythe (Bruce Findlay). A Blackcap and 4 Sandwich Terns at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

19th - A male Black Redstart again in a garden in Folkestone (Mick Vandoen). A Grey Wagtail and 2 Firecrests at Enbrook Park (Kevin Harding). 45 Lapwings and 53 Fieldfares at Botolph's Bridge (Roger Norman). 8 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 45 Brent Geese and 80 Gannets flew east past Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett / Ian Roberts).

2 Harbour Porpoises off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).

18th - A pair of
Goosanders, a Firecrest and 4 Chiffchaffs at Botolph's Bridge. A Grey Plover, 3 Purple Sandpipers and 3 Ringed Plovers at Hythe Redoubt. 3 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry. 4 Greylag Geese flew over the Willop Basin (Brian Harper / Louise Gower). A Sandwich Tern, a Shelduck, 2 drake Eider, 3 Pintail, 55 Brent Geese and 100+ Gannets flew east past Samphire Hoe, where 3 Golden Plover arrived in off the sea and a Black Redstart was present (Ian Roberts / Paul Holt / Phil Smith / Martin Collins).

Chiffchaff at Botolph's Bridge

(Louise Gower)

Great Crested Grebe at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper)

Purple Sandpiper at Hythe

(David Gower)

Early Grey at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

17th - 2 Hawfinches in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson). A Pochard, a Chiffchaff, 2 Avocets, 2 Gadwall, 4 Shoveler, 4 Shelduck and 5 Tufted Ducks at Nickolls Quarry, a Sand Martin and 3 Barnacle Geese at the Willop Basin, 3 Purple Sandpipers at the Hythe Redoubt and a Firecrest and a Chiffchaff at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper). An adult Little Gull, 4 Gadwall and 225 Brent Geese flew east past Hythe (Bruce Findlay / Ian Roberts). A Black Redstart, a Dunlin, 3 Oystercatchers, 7 Shelduck, 8 Teal and 113 Brent Geese at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).

An Early Grey at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

Pochard and Tufted Ducks at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper)

Avocets at Nickolls Quarry

(Brian Harper: www.brizey.co.uk)

Firecrest at Botolph's Bridge

(Brian Harper: www.brizey.co.uk)

Brent Geese passing Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

Red-green Carpet at Cheriton

(Brian Harper: www.brizey.co.uk)

Yellow Horned at Folks' Wood

(Ian Roberts)

Yellow Horned
(Ian Roberts)

Twin-spotted Quaker at Folks' Wood

(Ian Roberts)

16th - A Marsh Harrier and a Merlin at Samphire Hoe, where 90 Brent Geese flew east (Ian Roberts). At least 90 Great Crested Grebes off Copt Point (Mark Varley). A Black Redstart and a Chiffchaff  in a garden in Folkestone (Mick Vandoen). A Black Redstart at the Hythe Sailing Club (Bruce Findlay) and 3 Purple Sandpipers at opposite the Hotel Imperial (David Gower). A Black Redstart and 2 Rock Pipits at Folkestone Pier (Martin Collins).

Red-green Carpet at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper).

15th - 2 Egyptian Geese flew west past Samphire Hoe, also a Black Redstart and 8 Ravens there (Ian Roberts / Steve Cutt).

Yellow Horned, Red Chestnut, Twin-spotted Quaker, The Engrailed and Acleris cristana (Tufted Button) at Folks' Wood were amongst several additions to the year list (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

14th - 2 Shoveler, 4 Avocets, 6 Sandwich Terns, 36 Red-throated Divers and 281 Brent Geese flew east past Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).

The first Brimstone butterfly of the year was at Samphire Hoe and the first Small Tortoiseshell was at Folkestone Downs.

13th - A Firecrest, 2 Black Redstarts, 4 Redwings and 600 Cormorants at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith / Ian Roberts) and the first migrant Chiffchaff of the year in a garden in Folkestone (Mick Vandoen).

Tortricodes alternella (Winter Shade) and Eudonia angustea (Narrow-winged Grey) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (Beautiful Plume) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

Redwing at Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

Tortricodes alternella at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Acleris literana at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Grey Shoulder-knot at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

12th - A Hawfinch and and a pair of Blackcaps in a garden in Saltwood (Geoff Cooke). 3 Sandwich Terns were reported flying east past Samphire Hoe. A Red Kite flew west over Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).

11th - 2 Ruff at the Willop Basin (Brian Harper). A Firecrest at Samphire Hoe, where 3 Red-breasted Mergansers and 670 Brent Geese flew east (Ian Roberts / Steve Cutt). A Shelduck and 141 Brent Geese flew east past Seabrook, also 33 Great Crested Grebes on the sea there (Paul Howe). 200 Brent Geese flew east past Hythe (Bruce Findlay).

Acleris literana (Lichen Button) and Small Quaker at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe). 

10th - 20 Common Scoter and 210 Brent Geese flew east past Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts). A pair of Ravens at Mill Point (Stephanie Lea). A Pochard at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper).

Diurnea fagella (March Tubic) and Depressaria daucella (Dingy Flat-body) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

9th - A Firecrest and a Blackcap along the Royal Military Canal near the Burmarsh Road bridge. A Tufted Duck and 10 Great Crested Grebes at Nickolls Quarry. A Curlew and 17 Lapwings at the Willop Basin (Roger Norman).

A Grey Shoulder-knot at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

7th - The Ruff and 164 Lapwings still at the Willop Basin (Roger Norman). A Reed Bunting, a Snipe, 2 Grey Partridges, 23 Stock Doves and 40 Yellowhammers at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Golden Plover, a Curlew and a Little Egret flew west at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts). A Marsh Harrier flew west over Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson). An Oystercatcher at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).

An Early Moth, an Oak Beauty, 2 March Moths and 3 Pale Brindled Beauty at Seabrook (Paul Howe). An Oak Beauty at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Grey Wagtail at Botolph's Bridge

(Brian Harper: www.brizey.co.uk)

Shelduck at Botolph's Bridge

(Brian Harper: www.brizey.co.uk)

March Moth at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Oak Beauty at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

6th - The Ruff, a Curlew and 161 Lapwings at the Willop Basin and a drake Pochard at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts). A Black-throated Diver, a Great Skua and 47 Red-throated Divers flew past Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith).

A Mompha subbistrigella (Garden Cosmet) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

5th - A Goshawk and 2 Ravens flew over Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Great White Egret at West Hythe dam. A Ruff, a Dunlin, a Curlew, 5 Wigeon and 304 Lapwings at the Willop Basin. A Black Redstart at the Hythe Redoubt. 12 Brent Geese and 90 Red-throated Divers flew east past Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts / Roger Norman).

A Pale Brindled Beauty at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Harbour Porpoise off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).

4th - 20 Brent Geese and 232 Red-throated Divers flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Shelduck and 4 Fieldfare there (Ian Roberts). A Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Grey Wagtails, 4 Shelduck and 61 Fieldfares at Botolph's Bridge, a Wigeon on the canal at Seabrook and 5 Dunlin at the Willop Outfall (Brian Harper).

A Pale Brindled Beauty at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

3rd - A Shoveler, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Curlew, a Shelduck, 3 Bar-tailed Godwits, 22 Brent Geese, 67 Great Crested Grebes, 170 Red-throated Divers, 1,500 Cormorants and 1,565 auks flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Wigeon, a Shelduck, a Fieldfare and 2 Snipe there (Paul Holt / Ian Roberts). 2 Snipe, 3 Wigeon and 19 Lapwing at the Willop Basin, where 44 Brent Geese flew east. 3 Green Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Lapwing flew west at Seabrook and a Peregrine, and 1,438 Cormorants flew east, also 5 Shelduck in the bay (Paul Howe). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe (Sean McMinn). 2 Blackcaps in a garden in Hythe (Garry Blackburn).

Wigeon at Samphire Hoe

(Paul Holt)

Shelduck at Samphire Hoe

(Paul Holt)

Shelduck at Samphire Hoe

(Paul Holt)

Blackcap at Hythe

(Garry Blackburn)

2nd - A Little Gull, a Shag, 2 Great Skuas, 7 Wigeon, 23 Bar-tailed Godwits, 40 Fulmars, 60 Red-throated Divers, 120 Gannets, 155 Great Crested Grebes and 2,165 Cormorants flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Snipe and a Fieldfare there (Ian Roberts).


A Harbour Porpoise off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).


1st - A Golden Plover, a Woodcock, a Wigeon, a Shelduck, 3 Snipe and 4 Fieldfares at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt / Ian Roberts). A male Blackcap in a garden in Hythe (Sean McMinn) and in a garden in Saltwood there were a female Blackcap and 2 Greenfinches (the first at this location in over a year) (Geoff Cooke). A Lapwing flew over Park Farm industrial estate (Alistair Mackay). 11 Bar-tailed Godwits flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).

January and February 2018 sightings have been archived - click here for a review of the bird sightings for the year or here for a review of the moth, butterfly and other sightings.

The 2017 Folkestone & Hythe Bird Report is available as a free download (click on the link to open).