Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 21st Jul
The 2017 area bird year list is 174 species (176 species at the same time last year)
21st - At least 21 occupied House Martin nests at Samphire Hoe (Mark Varley).

Maple Pug, Evergestis pallidata (Chequered Pearl), Eana incanana (Bluebell Shade) and Apotomis betuletana (Birch Marble) at Heane Wood were new for the year (Sean Clancy / Ian Roberts). Lesser Common Rustic at Seabrook was also an addition to the year list (Paul Howe).

20th - 31 Gannets flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).

A Four-spotted, a Bisigna procerella (Kent Tubic), a Sciota adelphella (Willow Knot-horn), a Four-spotted Footman, a Silver Y and 2 Dark Sword-grass at West Hythe dam where Apotomis lineana (Willow Marble), Catoptria falsella (Chequered Grass-veneer), Bulrush Wainscot, Webb's Wainscot, Lesser-spotted Pinion and Southern Wainscot were among 13 additions to the year list. A Diamond-back Moth and 6 Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

19th - A Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook, where Canary-shouldered Thorn was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Diamond-back Moth and 2 Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

18th - Twin-spotted Wainscot and Bucculatrix nigricomella at Hythe were new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Flounced Rustic at Seabrook was also new for the year (Paul Howe).

Catoptria verellus at Folkestone Warren (Rob Lee)

Bisigna procellera at Folkestone Warren (Rob Lee)

Tree-lichen Beauty at Folkestone Warren (Rob Lee)

The Festoon at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

The Wormwood at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Barred Rivulet at Folkestone Warren (Rob Lee)

Pyrausta nigrata at Folkestone Warren (Rob Lee)

Gold Spot at Folkestone Warren
(Rob Lee)

17th - A Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer), a Small Mottled Willow, a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Straw Belle, 2 Dark Sword-grass, 2 Rush Veneers, 3 Bisigna procellera (Kent Tubic), 3 Diamond-back Moths, 5 Tree-lichen Beauty, 6 Sub-angled Waves, 6 Silver Y and 7 Four-spotted Footman at Folkestone Warren, where The Festoon, The Wormwood, Gold Spot, Barred Rivulet, Agapeta zoegana (Knapweed Conch) and Pyrausta nigrata (Wavy-barred Sable) were among 18 additions to the year list (Rob Lee / Ian Roberts). A Rush Veneer and a Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook, where Caloptilia robustella (New Oak Slender), Borkhausenia fuscescens (Small Dingy Tubic), Recurvaria leucatella (White-barred Groundling) and Anarsia lineatella (Peach Twig Borer) were new for the year (Paul Howe).


16th - 112 Swifts flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Rush Veneer at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Diamond-back Moths and 4 Silver Y at Hythe, where Small Scallop was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


15th - Phycitodes saxicloa (Small Clouded Knot-horn) and Acleris sparsana (Ashy Button) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson). 2 Diamond-back Moths and 4 Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Several pairs of Firebugs at Mill Point (Alison Borlase).


14th - 170 Sand Martins flew out to sea from Hythe (Sean McMinn).


A Diamond-back Moth and 2 Silver Y at Hythe. Shaded Broad-bar,  Caryocolum vicinella (Coast Groundling) and Pediasia contaminella (Waste Grass-veneer) at Hythe Ranges were new for the year (Ian Roberts).

Yellow-legged Gull at Folkestone Harbour (Ian Roberts)

Straw Belle at Folkestone Downs

(Alfie Gay)

Brimstone at Peene Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

13th - A juvenile Yellow-legged Gull at Folkestone Harbour (Ian Roberts).


A quiet night in the moth traps with just a Four-spotted Footman at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and single Diamond-back Moth and Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts) of note. Two Straw Belles were of note at Folkestone Downs, where Brown Argus was new for the year and there were some very good counts of the more regular species (Alfie Gay).


12th - The first returning Willow Warbler in a garden in Folkestone (Paul Trodd).


11th - A Four-spotted Footman and a Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Rush Veneer and 13 Silver Ys at Hythe, where Saltern Ear and Gymnancyla canella (Hoary Knot-horn) were new for the year (Ian Roberts).

Gymnancyla canella at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

The Confused at Capel-le-Ferne (Ian Roberts)

Moitrelia obductella at Capel-le-Ferne (Ian Roberts)

Acompsia schmidtiellus at Capel-le-Ferne (Ian Roberts)

10th - 3 Whimbrel, 18 Mediterranean Gulls and 40 Common Scoter at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).


An Olive Crescent, a Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Silver Y, 2 Straw Belles, 6 Sub-angled Waves and 15 Four-spotted Footman at Capel-le-Ferne, where The Confused, Chalk Carpet and 8 micro moth species including Acompsia schmidtiellus (Marjoram Crest), Coleophora lixella (Downland Case-bearer), Cochylimorpha alternana (Kentish Conch), Moitrelia obductella (Kent Knot-horn) and Sitochroa palealis (Sulphur Pearl) were new for the year. A Small Marbled and 3 Silver Y at Hythe, where Square-spot Rustic and Stathmopoda pedella (Alder Signal) were new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Four-spotted Footman and a Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook, where Small Rivulet, Eucosma hohenwartiana (Bright Bell) and Agriphila geniculea (Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer) were new for the year (Paul Howe).

9th - A Honey Buzzard flew west over Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). A Black Redstart singing at Folkestone Harbour (David Featherbe).


A Red-veined Darter, a Clouded Yellow and several Painted Ladies at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). A Red-belted Clearwing at Garden House Orchards. 2 Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) at the American Garden (Saltwood), where Ear Moth, Piniphila bifasciana (Pine Marble) and Acleris laterana (Dark-triangle Button) were new for the year. A Small Marbled at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Honey Buzzard at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt)

Red-belted Clearwing at Garden House Orchards (Ian Roberts)

Catoptria verellus at the American Garden (Andrew Lawson)

Piniphila bifasciana at the American Garden (Ian Roberts)

8th - A Red Kite flew over Hythe (Sean McMinn / Ian Roberts). A Whimbrel flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

A Vestal, an Aphomia zelleri, 3 Silver Y and 3 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where The Shark was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook, where Magpie Moth was new for the year (Paul Howe).

Mompha propinquella at Cheriton (Brian Harper)

Sub-angled Wave at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Platytes alpinella at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Teleiodes sequax at Folkestone Downs (Ian Roberts)

7th - 2 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton, where Mompha propinquella (Marbled Cosmet) was new for the year (Brian Harper). A Sub-angled Wave at Seabrook, where Balsam Carpet, Fen Wainscot, Oak Eggar and Scoparia subfusca (Large Grey) were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Diamond-back Moths and 2 Silver Ys at Hythe, where Plain Pug, Jersey Tiger, White-line Dart, Platytyes alpinella (Hook-tipped Grass Veneer) and Cydia fagiglandana (Large Beech Piercer) were also additions to the year list, as was Teleiodes sequax (Barred Groundling) by day at Folkestone Downs (Ian Roberts).

6th - A Whimbrel flew west at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).

A Red-necked Footman, a Four-spotted Footman and a Waved Carpet at Heane Wood, a Cochylis roseana (Rosy Conch) at Peene Quarry and 8 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Diamond-back Moth and 2 Silver Ys at Cheriton, where Dusky Sallow was new for the year (Brian Harper). A Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook, where Least Yellow Underwing and Acleris variegana (Garden Rose Tortrix) were also new for the year (Paul Howe).

Waved Carpet at Heane Wood

(Ian Roberts)

Cochylis roseana at Peene Quarry (Ian Roberts)

Straw Belle at Abbotscliffe

(Ian Roberts)

Reed Dagger at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

5th - A record flock of 12 Little Egrets flew west at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).

A Vestal, a Diamond-back Moth and 2 Silver Y at Cheriton (Brian Harper). 2 Straw Belles at Abbotscliffe, where Pammene aurana (Orange-spot Piercer) was new for the year. A Silver Y and 2 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Marbled Green, Cloaked Minor and Rosy Minor were also new for the year (Ian Roberts). Reed Dagger and Argyresthia albistria (Purple Argent) were new for the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 3 Harbour Porpoise off West Parade, Hythe (Sean McMinn).

4th - An Olive Crescent, 2
Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) and 2 Four-spotted Footman at Heane Wood, where Beautiful Snout and Dark Marbled Carpet were new for the year. A Diamond-back Moth and 2 Sussex Emeralds at Hythe, where Mouse Moth was new for the year. Gatekeeper at two sites was also new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Four-spotted Footman, a Bloxworth Snout and 2 Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A White Admiral in the car park of Waitrose in Hythe (Clive Nuttman).

Beautiful Snout at Heane Wood

(Ian Roberts)

Orange-tailed Clearwing at Folk. Warren (Ross Newman)

Slender Brindle at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Pammene aurita at Hythe

(Paul Howe)

3rd - 3 Little Egrets and 4 Black Redstarts (male and 3 juveniles) at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).


A Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) at Cowtye Wood, where Black Arches, July Highflyer, Copper Underwing, Acleris bergmanniana (Yellow Rose Button), Agonopterix liturosa (Large Purple Flat-body) and Epinotia tenerana (Nut Bud Moth) were new for the year (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts), whilst Black Arches and July Highflyer were also trapped at Seabrook, where a Lesser Stag Beetle was of note (Paul Howe).


2nd - c.45 Mediterranean Gulls at Princes Parade (Nigel Webster).


A Small Mottled Willow, a Dark Sword-grass, 2 Silver Ys and 7 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Slender Brindle and Athrips mouffetella (Dotted Grey Groundling) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Rush Veneer at Princes Parade (Brian Harper). An Orange-tailed Clearwing at Folkestone Warren (Ross Newham).


1st - A Little Egret at Princes Parade (Ian Roberts).


A Dark Sword-grass, a Diamond-back Moth, a Langmaid's Yellow Underwing and 8 Silver Ys at Hythe, where Limnaecia phragmitella (Bulrush Cosmet), Acrocercops brongniardella (Brown Oak Slender), Hypsopygia costalis (Gold Triangle),Phycita roborella (Dotted Oak Knot-horn), Caloptilia stigmatella (White-triangle Slender) and Yponomeuta padella (Orchard Ermine) were new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Langmaid's Yellow Underwing at Seabrook (Paul Howe). Scythropia crataegella (Hawthorn Moth) at Cheriton was an addition to the year list (Brian Harper).

January to June 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.