Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 20th February
The 2017 area bird year list is 120 species (121 species at the same time last year)

20th - A Common Quaker at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Satellite, a Chestnut and 2 Pale Brindled Beauty at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


19th - A Satellite at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


18th - 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe (Martin Collins / Keith Privett). A Blackcap in Seabrook at the Fountain and 24 Brent Geese flew east offshore (Paul Howe). A female Marsh Harrier and 2 Green Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry, a Firecrest at Paraker Wood, a Firecrest at Hythe, a Woodcock at Sene Wood,3 Siskins at Horn Street and 7 Stonechats near the Willop sewage works (Brian Harper).


17th - A Firecrest in a garden in Hythe (Sean McMinn) and 2 Purple Sandpipers opposite the Hotel Imperial (Neil Burt / Nigel Jarman). A Black Redstart at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts). A male Marsh Harrier at Nickolls Quarry. A Little Egret at Botolph's Bridge. A Peregrine, 2 Curlew, 14 Sanderlings and 180 Lapwings at the Willop Basin, also 100 Great Crested Grebes offshore (Brian Harper / Roger Norman).


The first butterfly of the year was a Peacock seen at Hythe (Clive Nuttman), whilst Early Moth and Clouded Drab at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

Purple Sandpiper at Hythe

(NIgel Jarman)

Goldcrest at Hythe

(Glenn Tutton)

Carrion Crow at Princes Parade

(Martin Collins)

Fulmars at Samphire Hoe
(Phil Smith)

16th - A Blackcap in a garden in Hythe (Sean McMinn).


15th - A Red Kite flew over Samphire Hoe and Abbotscliffe (Geoff Cooke / Mark Kennett). A male Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson). A Green Sandpiper flew over  Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).


14th - A Black Redstart at Battery Point (Brian Harper). A Water Rail and a Little Grebe at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).


13th - 2 Pale Brindled Beauty at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


12th - 200 Linnets at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).


A Chestnut and a Pale Brindled Beauty at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


10th - A Barn Owl, a Merlin, a Green Sandpiper, a Little Egret, 2 Gadwall, 172 Meadow Pipits and 175 Fieldfares in the Botolph's Bridge/Donkey Street area. A Stonechat, 39 Golden Plovers, 70 Fieldfares and 150 Lapwings near Bartholomew's Wood, Postling Wents (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Raven, 2 Stonechats and 14 Meadow Pipits at Samphire Hoe (Barry Woolhouse).

Fieldfares at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper: www.brizey.co.uk)

Golden Plovers near Bartholomew's Wood (Ian Roberts)

9th - A Great Skua and 55 Great Crested Grebes off Folkestone Pier and 3 Redshank in Folkestone Harbour (Mark Varley). A Firecrest, a Chiffchaff and a Grey Wagtail at Enbrook Park and 2 Ravens at Samphire Hoe (Chris Gillard). A Stonechat and 32 Fieldfares at Church Hougham (Mark Kennett). 25 Brent Geese flew east past Princes Parade, also c.50 Common Scoter on the sea there (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


8th - 2 Purple Sandpipers at Battery Point and 13 Mediterranean Gulls and 800 Cormorants off Copt Point (Barry Woolhouse / Malcolm McVail).


7th - A Snipe and a Fieldfare at Samphire Hoe. A Curlew, 23 Teal and 115 Lapwings at the Willop Basin (Ian Roberts). 2 Purple Sandpipers and 45 Common Scoter at Battery Point (Chris Gillard).


6th - A Firecrest at Mill Point, 2 Firecrests and 2 Chiffchaffs at Enbrook Park, Sandgate and 50 Gannets off Sandgate (Kevin Harding). An Oystercatcher, 4 Great Skuas, 25 Red-throated Divers, 112 Kittiwakes, c.500 Razorbills and 1,945 Cormorants flew past Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts). 3,535 Cormorants flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Cormorants off Samphire Hoe - just a few of the many (Ian Roberts)

5th - A drake Eider, a Great Skua, 100 Kittiwakes, 350 Gannets and c.600 Cormorants flew past Samphire Hoe. A Little Owl at Capel Church Farm (Mark Kennett / Ian Roberts). 1,200 Cormorants flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).


2 Pale Brindled Beauty at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


4th - 4 Water Rails at Seabrook (Brian Harper). 2 Great Skuas off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).


3rd - 3 Great Skuas, 5 Brent Geese, 13 Common Scoter, 27 Kittiwakes, 320 Gannets and 2,355 Cormorants off Samphire Hoe. 180 Lapwings at the Willop Basin (Ian Roberts). 150 Great Crested Grebes off the Willop Outfall, where 40 Red-throated Divers and 500 Cormorants flew west (Roger Norman).140 Fieldfares at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper). 


2nd - A Hebrew Character at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


1st - 4 Wigeon, 5 Razorbills, 29 Gannets and 35 Guillemots flew past Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). A Fieldfare, 39 Mediterranean Gulls and 725 Black-headed Gulls at Tumble Tye Farm, Capel-le-Ferne (Mark Kennett).


An Emmelina monodactyla (Common Plume), a Spring Usher, a Pale Brindled Beauty and 2 Oak Beauty at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


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


January 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.