Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 14th January
The 2017 area bird year list is 106 species (105 species at the same time last year)

14th - 43 Red-throated Divers, 103 Kittiwakes and 450 Razorbills flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Black Redstart there and over 2,000 Cormorants were seen, including a flock of over 1,500 fishing offshore.


A Spring Usher at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Harbour Porpoise and a Grey Seal off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).

Spring Usher at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Purple Sandpiper at Hythe (Ray O'Reilly)

13th - A Sandwich Tern, 2 Great Skuas, 8 Teal, 30 Brent Geese, 30 Razorbills, 68 Red-throated Divers and 71 Kittiwakes flew east past Samphire Hoe, also 80 Gannets and 1,200 Cormorants offshore. A Woodcock and 4 Siskins at Kiln Wood (Ian Roberts). 5 Redshank at Folkestone Harbour (David Featherbe).


3 Grey Seals off Folkestone Harbour arm (David Featherbe).


12th - A Purple Sandpiper at the Willop Outfall and a Curlew, 2 Wigeon, 3 Jack Snipe and 52 Snipe at the Willop Basin (Ian Roberts). 26 Lapwings at Capel-le-Ferne (Mark Kennett).


11th - A Red Kite flew over Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson). 2 Little Egrets at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay). A male Blackcap in a garden in Hythe (Linda Holman). 


10th - A Great Skua and 3,445 Cormorants flew east past Samphire Hoe this morning, also a Black Redstart there. A Marsh Harrier, 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 Water Rails at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaffs and 35 Redwings at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson)


9th - A Wigeon, 3 Great Skuas, 3 Shelduck, 9 Pintail, 9 Brent Goose, 44 Red-throated Divers, 180 Razorbills, 180 Guillemots, and 545 Cormorants flew past Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts)


A Harbour Porpoise and a Grey Seal off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).


8th - 2 Gadwall, 3 Brent Geese, 4 Dunlin, 6 Great Skuas, 8 Wigeon, 12 Great Crested Grebes, 29 Fulmars, 65 Kittiwakes, 350 Gannets and estimated totals of around 830 Razorbills and 2,800 Guillemots flew east past Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts). 2 Firecrests, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Grey Wagtails at Enbrook Park, Sandgate, single Purple Sandpipers at Seabrook and Hythe, and 37 Brent Geese flew west offshore (Kevin Harding).


7th - A Red-breasted Merganser, a Shag, 7 Great Skuas, 9 Great Crested Grebes, 20 Brent Geese, 65 Fulmars, 100 Gannets, 240 Cormorants, 304 Kittiwakes and 725 auks (mostly Guillemots but also 21+ Razorbills) flew east past Samphire Hoe. A Curlew, 13 Redshank and 30 Teal at the Willop Basin (Ian Roberts / Paul Holt). A Shag flew past Folkestone, also 14 Ringed Plovers there (Brian Harper).


6th - 2 Shags, 14 Razorbills, 18 Brent Geese, 25 Kittiwakes and 585 Cormorants flew past Samphire Hoe and a Fieldfare flew in off the sea there (Ian Roberts). A Firecrest at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Harbour Porpoise off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).


5th - A male Marsh Harrier at Donkey Street and 5 Sanderling at the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts). A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe, opposite Twiss Road (Neil Frampton).


A Chestnut and an Epiphyas postvittana (Light Brown Apple Moth) at Hythe were the first moths of the year (Ian Roberts).


4th - A Black Redstart and a Blackcap in a garden in Hythe (Ian Roberts).


3rd - 2 Black Redstarts at Folkestone Downs, near Holywell (Alfie Gay). A Marsh Tit and a Nuthatch at Bargrove Wood (Brian Harper). A Redpoll, 2 Woodcock and 50 Siskins at Kiln Wood (Ian Roberts). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Battery Point (Ray O'Reilly).


2nd - A Jack Snipe, a Tufted Duck, 6 Snipe and 42 Canada Geese at the Willop Basin and 3 Purple Sandpipers at the Hythe Redoubt (Brian Harper). 12 Great Crested Grebes and 13 Guillemots off Folkestone Pier (David Featherbe).


1st - A Green Sandpiper, a Water Rail, a Stonechat and 2 Marsh Harriers at Nickolls Quarry, a Purple Sandpiper at Hythe, opposite Stade Street, a Little Egret and a Kingfisher at the Willop Sewer and 5 Mandarin at Folks' Wood (Brian Harper). A Great Skua, 6 Brent Geese, 41 Kittiwakes and 90 Gannets flew past Samphire Hoe, also a Black Redstart there (Ian Roberts / Steve Cutt).


A Harbour Porpoise off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).


January to December 2017 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.