Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 19th Jul
The 2017 area bird year list is 180 species (175 species at the same time last year)
19th - Acompsia cinerella (Ash-coloured Crest) at  Casebourne Wood was a new species for the area and Evergestis pallidata (Chequered Pearl) and Acleris ferrugana (Rusty Oak Button) were new for the year (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

18th - Gold Spot at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Plain Pug at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.


17th - A Glaucous Gull flew west past Hythe (Sean McMinn).

Brown-veined Wainscot, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Mompha raschkiella (Little Cosmet), Acleris umbrana (Dark-streaked Button), Pammene aurita (Sycamore Piercer) and Agriphila geniculea (Elbow-stripe Grass-veneer) at Horn Street and August Thorn at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe). Old Lady and Recurvaria leucatella (White-barred Groundling) were new for the year at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Recurvaria leucatella at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Dioryctria sylvestrella at Folkestone Warren (Rob Lee)

Pempeliella ornatella at Folkestone Warren (Rob Lee)

Parectopa ononidis at Folkestone Warren (Rob Lee)

Monochroa palustrellus at Hythe Ranges (Rob Lee)

Sussex Emerald at Hythe Ranges (Rob Lee)

Dusky Hook-tip at Hythe Ranges

(Rob Lee)

Bucculatrix thoracella at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

16th - A Garden Warbler at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). A Hobby at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

4 Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer), 5 Sub-angled Waves and 15 Four-spotted Footman at Folkestone Warren, where Chalk Carpet, Barred Rivulet, Dotted Clay, Brown-line Bright-eye, Parectopa ononidis (Clover Slender), Ypsolopha scabrella (Wainscot Smudge), Agonopterix carduella (Thistle Flat-body), Agonopterix purpurea (Small Purple Flat-body), Acleris aspersana (Ginger Button) and Epinotia solandriana (Variable Bell) were amongst the additions to the year list (Fred Butcher / Tony Rouse / Rob Lee / Ian Roberts). A White-banded Carpet at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

15th - A Sussex Emerald and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Princes Parade, where Batrachedra praeangusta (Poplar Cosmet) and Anerastia lotella (Sandhill Knot-horn) were new for the year (Brian Harper). Dusky Thorn and Thiodia citrana (Lemon Bell) were new for the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

14th -  A Honey Buzzard flew over Samphire Hoe (Barry Woolhouse).

A Dusky Hook-tip and 65 Sussex Emeralds at Hythe Ranges where Bucculatrix nigricomella (Daisy Bent-wing), Calybites phasianipennella (Little Slender), 

Batia lambdella (Greater Tawny Tubic), Aproaerema anthyllidella (Vetch Sober), Monochroa palustrellus (Wainscot Neb), Aroga velocella (Dusky Groundling), 

Caryocolum vicinella (Coast Groundling), Cnephasia longana (Long-winged Shade), Cochylidia roseana (Rosy Conch) and Pediasia contaminella (Waste Grass-veneer) were new for the year (Rob Lee / Ross Newham / Ian Roberts).


13th - A Honey Buzzard flew over Horn Street (Paul Howe). 4 Little Ringed Plovers at Donkey Street (Brian Harper).

Bucculatrix thoracella at Cheriton was a new species for the area (Brian Harper). Acleris sparsana (Ashy Button) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Clouded Yellow at Samphire Hoe (David Mansfield).

12th - A Clancy’s Rustic, 8 Diamond-back Moths and 9 Silver Ys at Hythe, where Dichomeris marginella (Juniper Webber) was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Garden Tiger at Cheriton was also new for the year (Rachael & Jon Marshall), as were Waved Carpet and Matilella fusca (Brown Knot-horn) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).  

11th - 5 Diamond-back Moths and 8 Silver Ys at Cheriton, where Bordered Pug was new for the year (Brian Harper). A Clancy's Rustic, 6 Diamond-back Moths and 14 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

10th - A Hobby flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

A Dark Sword-grass, a Clancy’s Rustic, 3 Diamond-back Moths and 9 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Tawny Speckled Pug and Athrips mouffetella (Dotted Grey Groundling) at Seabrook were new for the year and a Painted Lady was seen at Horn Street (Paul Howe). The first Gatekeepers of the year at Hythe (Glenn Tutton).

Gatekeeper at Hythe

(Glenn Tutton)

Waved Black at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Aphomia zelleri at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Compass Jellyfish at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

9th - A Clancy’s Rustic, 10 Diamond-back Moths and 11 Silver Ys at Hythe, where Rosy Minor was new for the year (Ian Roberts). Saltern Ear anPrays ruficeps (Dark Ash-bud Moth) at Seabrook were also new (Paul Howe).mall R

Blastobasis rebeli at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Sub-angled Wave at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Saltern Ear at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Red-veined Darter at Samphire Hoe

(Paul Holt)

8th - A Grey Heron flew in off the sea at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


Blastobasis rebeli (Marsh Dowd) at Folkestone Warren was a new species for Kent. Sub-angled Wave, Small Purple-barred, Anarsia innoxiella (Acer Sober), Acompsia schmidtiellus (Marjoram Crest), Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla (Rose Plume), Moitrelia obductella (Kent Knot-horn), Acrobasis suavella (Thicket Knot-horn) and Cydia splendana (Marbled Piercer) were also new for the year (Brian Harper / Kevin Button / Andy Lawson / Ian Roberts). Waved Black at Cheriton was another addition to the year list (Brian Harper). 


7th - A Red-veined Darter at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). Hellinsia carphodactyla (Citron Plume) at Horn Street was a new species for the area (Paul Howe). 


6th - White-line Dart, Mouse Moth, Sitochroa palealis (Sulphur Pearl) and Catoptria pinella (Pearl Grass-veneer) were new for the year at Nickolls Quarry. 3 Silver Ys and 10 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where the Magpie, Acrobasis advenella (Grey Knot-horn) and Pexicopia malvella (Hollyhock Seed Moth) were new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Silver Y and 7 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, where The Vapourer, Rosy Rustic, Aphomia zelleri (Twin-spot Honey Moth) and Acleris comariana (Strawberry Tortrix) were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Captoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) at West Hythe, where Scarce Silver-lines, Yarrow Pug, Wood Carpet, Small Rivulet and Catoptria pinella (Pearl Grass-veneer) were new for the year (Fred Butcher / Tony Rouse).    

5th - A Green Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

Four Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) and a Bisigna procerella (Kent Tubic) at Peene, where Dark Umber and Pyrausta purpuralis (Common Purple & Gold) were new for the year (Brian Harper). 3 Silver Ys and 33 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Plumed Fan-foot, Nephopterix angustella (Spindle Knot-horn) and Acleris variegana (Garden Rose Tortrix) were new for the year (Ian Roberts).

Catoptria verellus at Peene

(Brian Harper)

Four-spotted Footman at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Lunar-spotted Pinion at Bargrove Wood (Ian Roberts)

Acrobasis repandana at Bargrove Wood (Ian Roberts)

4th - 2 Black Redstarts and 2 Mediterranean Gulls at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).

Shaded Broad-bar, Large Twin-spot Carpet, Twin-spot Carpet, Black Arches, Lunar-spotted Pinion, Epinotia tenerana (Nut-bud Moth), Acrobasis repandana (Warted Knot-horn) and Scoparia basistrigalis (Base-lined Grey) at Bargrove Wood and Eudemis profundana (Diamond-back Marble) at Hythe were new for the year (Ian Roberts). Aglossa pinguinalis (Large Tabby) at Cheriton was also new (Brian Harper).


3rd - 2 Green Sandpipers at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).

10 Silver Ys and 15 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton, where Platytyes alpinella (Hook-tipped Grass-veneer) and Acleris Forsskaleana (Maple Button) were new for the year (Brian Harper). 13 Silver Ys and 20 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Pine Hawk-moth was new for the year (Ian Roberts). 6 Silver Ys and 12 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, where Acleris holmiana (White-triangle Button), Eucosma hohenwartiana (Bright Bell) and Evergestis extimalis (Marbled Yellow Pearl) were new for the year (Paul Howe). 


2nd - A Silver Barred at Nickolls Quarry was a new species for the area, whilst The Blackneck, Sussex Emerald, Latticed Heath, Bordered Beauty, The Lackey, Reed Dagger, Fen Wainscot, Small Wainscot, The Olive, Dusky Sallow, Four-spotted Footman, Sciota adelphella (Willow Knot-horn), Dolicharthria punctalis (Long-legged China-mark) and Epiblema foenella (White-foot Bell) were also new for the year, and a Four-spotted was of note. 2 Silver Y and 25 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Four-spotted Footman, Marbled Green and Agonopterix nervosa (Dark-fringed Flat-body) were among the additions to the year list (Ian Roberts). Four-spotted Footman were also recorded at Cheriton, where Argyresthia brockeella (Gold-ribbon Argent) was new for the year (Brian Harper), and at Seabrook, where a Clancy’s Rustic, 17 Silver Ys and 19 Diamond-backs were also noted, whilst there were 4 Silver Ys and 10 Diampnd-back Moths at Horn Street, where Hypsopygia costalis (Gold Triangle) was new (Paul Howe). At least 15 Compass Jellyfish were seen off Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Silver Barred at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

The Blackneck at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

Sussex Emerald at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

Sciota adelphella at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

1st - 10 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, where Caloptilia elongella (Pale Red Slender) was new for the year. 15 Diamond-back Moths at Horn Street, where Dingy Shears, Triple-spotted Clay, Yponomeuta rorrella (Willow Ermine), Limnaecia phragmitella (Bulrush Cosmet) and Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (White-headed Ermine) were also additions to the year list (Paul Howe). 3 Silver Y and 25 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Langmaid's Yellow Underwing, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Pempelia genistella (Gorse Knot-horn) and Acleris hastiana (Sallow Button) were new for the year (Ian Roberts).

January to June 2018 sightings have been archived - click on the links for a review of the bird sightings or the moth, butterfly and other sightings for the year to date.


The 2017 Folkestone & Hythe Bird Report and 2017 Non-avian report are available as free downloads (click on the links to open).