Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 18th November
The 2017 area bird year list is 194 species (189 species at the same time last year)

18th - 3 Purple Sandpipers at Battery Point (Brian Harper). A Green Sandpiper, 2 Corn Buntings and 3 Ravens at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).

Purple Sandpiper at Battery Point

(Brian Harper)

Kestrel at Princes Parade

(Brian Harper)

Corn Bunting at Donkey Street

(Ian Roberts)

Kingfisher at Donkey Street

(Ian Roberts)

17th - A Water Pipit, a Lapland Bunting, a Marsh Harrier, a Chiffchaff, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Kingfishers, 2 Stonechats and 2 Redpolls at Donkey Street, a Little Egret, 2 Green Sandpipers and 12 Bearded Tits at Nickolls Quarry and a Purple Sandpiper at the Hythe Redoubt (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Red-throated Diver, 25 Blackbirds and 40 Sky Larks at Samphire Hoe (Mark Varley). 


A Diamond-back Moth at Hythe. A Clouded Yellow and a Silver Y at Donkey Street (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


16th - A Water Pipit at Donkey Street. A Purple Sandpiper at the Hythe Redoubt, where 3 Gadwall flew east and 60 Common Scoter were offshore. 2 Little Egrets at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts).


A Palplita vitrealis (Olive Tree-Pearl) and a Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts). An Oak Rustic, a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


15th - A Palplita vitrealis (Olive Tree-Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


14th - A Great Northern Diver on the sea off Princes Parade and 2 Ravens flew east (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Little Egret at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


13th - About 12 Bearded Tits again at Nickoll's Quarry where a Redwing, 3 Fieldfares and 3 Redpolls flew over (Ian Roberts). A Red-necked Grebe, a Shelduck, 2 Razorbills and 30 Kittiwakes off Samphire Hoe, also 3 Fieldfares and 15 Redwings there.


A Clouded Yellow at Samphire Hoe.


12th - 9 Mandarin at Folks' Wood (Ian Roberts). 16 Guillemot, 100+ Kittiwakes, 100+ Gannets and 200+ Mediterranean Gulls off Samphire Hoe.


A Pearly Underwing at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


11th - A Merlin and 2 Green Sandpipers at the Willop sewage works. A Purple Sandpiper at Battery Point and 3 Purple Sandpipers at the Hythe Redoubt. 4 Gadwall on the sea off Princes Parade (Brian Harper). A Black Redstart in central Folkestone (John Tomlinson). 2 Little Egrets and 2 Goldcrests at Capel-le-Ferne, where 3 Siskins flew east (Ian Roberts).


10th - A Swallow, a House Martin and 2 Redpolls flew west over Hythe. 66 Cormorants flew east at Seabrook and 134 flew in from the east and landed on the sea off Hythe (Paul Howe / Glenn Tutton / Ian Roberts). A Fieldfare at Folkestone Leas (Duncan Lawie);


An Oak Rustic at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Scarce Bordered Straw and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe, where The Sprawler was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Clouded Yellow at Wakefield Walk, Hythe (Glenn Tutton).

Oak Rustic at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

The Sprawler at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

9th - A Chiffchaff, 2 Goldcrests and 25 Blackbirds at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).


8th - A Red Kite and a Redpoll at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Swallow and 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe (Brian Harper), also a Black Redstart reported there. A Curlew and a Dunlin flew past Mill Point (Ian Roberts).


A male Gem at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


7th - A Great White Egret, a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Teal, 7 Shelduck, 10 Wigeon and 35 Common Scoter flew west past Mill Point (Ian Roberts), also a Firecrest there (Jamie Tomsett).


6th - 2 Green Sandpipers again at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).


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


5th - A Water Pipit, a Tree Sparrow, a Stonechat, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Gadwall and 45 Lapwings at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts). A Stonechat at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


4th - A Red-necked Grebe was seen on the sea off Mill Point and later off Sandgate as it drifted west (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Long-tailed Duck in Folkestone Harbour (Marek Walford). A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe, where a Little Gull, 20 Common Scoter and 51 Gannets flew west (Dave Brown). 2 Goldcrests at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Rush Veneer, a Silver Y and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Red-necked Grebe at Sandgate (Ian Roberts)

'Bridled' Guillemot at Folkestone Harbour (Ian Roberts)

3rd - 2 Gadwall and 12 Bearded Tits at Nickolls Quarry and 2 Green Sandpipers at Donkey Street (Brian Harper). A continental Coal Tit and 6 Long-tailed Tits at Samphire Hoe, where 3 Lapwings flew out to sea (Ian Roberts). 2 Little Egrets at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


A Clancy's Rustic and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


2nd - 2 Ring Ouzels at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite Twiss Road (Paul Trodd). 10 Bramblings flew in off the sea at Capel-le-Ferne (Ian Roberts). 4 Redpolls at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).


A Clouded Yellow and a Red Admiral at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley). A Small White, a Silver Y and 2 Red Admirals at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Dark Sword-grass, a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Diamond-back Moth and a Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


1st - A Yellow-browed Warbler at Samphire Hoe (Derek Smith). A Fieldfare, 2 Water Rails, 2 Chiffchaffs, 3 Stonechats, 6 Brent Geese, 6 Cetti's Warblers, 7 Redpolls and 12 Bearded Tits at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A Bearded Tit at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).


A Speckled Wood at Nickolls Quarry. A Vestal, a Silver Y and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe, whilst tenanted mines of Ectoedemia subbimaculella (Spotted Black Pigmy) at Brockhill Country Park were new for the year (Ian Roberts). An Ypsolopha ustella (Variable Smudge) at Seabrook was also new for the year (Paul Howe).

Bearded Tit at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts)

Ypsolopha ustella at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

January to October 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.