Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 27th October
The 2020 area bird year list is 194 species (186 species at the same time last year)

27th - A Velvet Scoter off the Willop Outfall, where 9 Swallows flew over. A Wheatear at the Dymchurch Redoubt. A Green Sandpiper, 2 Wigeon and 3 Shoveler at Donkey Street. A Firecrest and 4 Snipe at Folkestone Racecourse, Westenhanger (Brian Harper). A Peregrine, a Stonechat, 2 KIngfishers, 4 Chiffchaffs and 245 Swallows at West Hythe (Dylan Wrathall).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Dark Sword-grass and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Sandgate (Chris Gillard).


26th - A Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


25th - 2 Crossbills at Chesterfield Wood, Saltwood (Ian Roberts).


An Oak Rustic and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Radford's Flame Shoulders at Samphire Hoe

(Tony Rouse)

Oak Rustic at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Radford's Flame Shoulder at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

24th - A Merlin, 2 Grey Wagtails and 1,350+ Mediterranean Gulls at West Hythe (Dylan Wrathall).


3 Radfords' Flame Shoulders, a Gem, a Dark Sword-grass, a Rush Veneer, 2 Delicate, 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearls) and 12 Tusty-dot Pearls at Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse). November Moth agg. at Saltwood was new for the year, also an Oak Rustic of note there (Colin Dunster). A Rusty-dot Pearl amd 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


23rd - A Yellow-browed Warbler at Horn Street (Paul Howe). A Peregrine, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Corn Buntings and 3 Stonechats in the Donkey Street/Willop Sewage Works area (Ian Roberts).


An Oak Rustic at Hythe was new for the year, also 3 Rusty-dot Pearls there (Ian Roberts). 3 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


22nd - A male Hen Harrier arrived in off the sea at Copt Point (Dale Gibson).


The second area record of Radford's Flame Shoulder at Hythe, also 3 Rusty-dot Pearls there (Ian Roberts). A Vestal at Saltwood (Sean Clancy).


21st - 2 Firecrests, 4 Chiffchaffs, 6 Redwings and 6 Goldcrests at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


19th - 18 Swallows flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Pink-barred Sallow at Seabrook was new for the year, also a Rusty-dot Pearl there (Paul Howe). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Cheriton (Tony Poole). 

Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Cheriton (Tony Poole)

Pale-lemon Sallow at Saltwood (Sean Clancy)

Duponchelia fovealis at Cheriton

(Ian Roberts)

18th - A Ring Ouzel, a Redshank, 3 Sanderlings, 5 Lapwings and 13 Oystercatcher at the Willop Outfall, where 2 Shelduck, 32 Siskins and 255 Redpolls flew east. 2 Crossbills and 4 Tree Sparrows flew east over Nickolls Quarry. 3 Crossbills flew east over Saltwood. A male Marsh Harrier north of Abbot's Court Farm (Ian Roberts). A Redshank at Folkestone Harbour (Stephanie Lea). 4 Siskins in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson). A Razorbill off Folkestone Pier (Alistair Mackay). A Ring Ouzel, a Black Redstart, 3 Chiffchaffs and 20 Swallows at Abbotscliffe (Paul Holt). 179 Swallows flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Pale-lemon Sallow at Saltwood (Sean Clancy). A Dark Sword-grass at Saltwood (Colin Dunster). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

17th - A Lapwing and a Ring Ouzel at Abbotscliffe, where a Brambling, 12 Fieldfares, 12 Redwings, 25 Crossbills, 35 Swallows, 102 Siskins, 104 Redpolls and 505 Goldfinches flew over (Ian Roberts). 602 Swallows flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


The adventive species Duponchelia fovealis (Dark Marbled Tabby) found indoors at Cheriton yesterday evening was a new moth for the area (Jon Marshall) and a Juniper Carpet trapped overnight at Saltwood was the first local record since 1965 (Sean Clancy). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


16th - 3 Great White Egrets from the Lower Wall Road, north of Abbot's Court Farm (Brian Harper). 3 Ring Ouzels at Abbotscliffe, where 23 Crossbills, 30 Swallows, 66 Redpolls, 105 Siskins, 250 Starlings and 970 Goldfinches flew over (Ian Roberts). 63 Chaffinches flew west at Seabrook and 152 Sky Larks arrived in off the sea there (Paul Howe).


A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Folkestone (John Tomlinson).

Juniper Carpet at Saltwood

(Sean Clancy)

Goldcrest at Samphire Hoe
(Shelagh Wright)

Great White Egret at Abbotscliffe

(Ian Roberts)

Fieldfare at Abbotscliffe

(Ian Roberts)

15th - A Black Redstart, 3 Reed Buntings, 10 Ring Ouzels, 15 Goldcrest, 25 Song Thrushes, 40 Redwings and 50 Sky Larks at Abbotscliffe, where a Jay, a Brambling, 40 House Martins, 68 Siskins, 90 Redpolls and 760 Goldfinches flew over (Ian Roberts / Mark Kennett). 7 Brent Geese flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 5 Ring Ouzels at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


Red-line Quaker and Yellow-line Quaker at Saltwood were new for the year (Colin Dunster).


14th - A Ring Ouzel, 8 Sky Larks, 22 Redwings, 27 Redpolls, 35 Crossbills, 120 Fieldfares, 152 Siskins and 2,140 Goldfinches flew over Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). 3 Ring Ouzels and 12 Redwings at Creteway Down (John Tomlinson). 3 Ring Ouzels at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


13th - A Fieldfare, 2 Redwings, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Ring Ouzels, 8 Chiffchaffs and 23 Robins at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). A Brambling in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Pearly Underwings at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


12th - A Great White Egret flew in off the sea at Abbotscliffe, also a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Fieldfare, 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Goldcrests, 3 Reed Buntings, 5 Redpolls, 18 Redwings and 345 Starlings there (Paul Edmondson / Ian Roberts). A Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Shag, a Shelduck, 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 Whimbrel, 2 Reed Buntings, 2 Black Redstarts, 5 Chiffchaffs, 14 Stonechats, 23 Song Thrushes and 36 Brent Geese at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).


Feathered Thorn at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Dark Chestnut at Saltwood (Colin Dunster) were new for the year.

Figure of Eight at Samphire Hoe

(Tony Rouse)

Dotted Chestnut at Saltwood

(Sean Clancy)

Death's-head Hawk-moth at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith)

Apparent Cackling Goose at the Willop Outfall (Brian Harper)

11th - A Fieldfare, 3 Grey Wagtails, 4 Brambling, 7 Reed Buntings, 33 Redpolls, 53 Siskins, 110 House Martins, 170 Starlings, 360 Goldfinches and 1,100 Redwings flew over Abbotscliffe. 85 Redwings flew north over Brockhill Country Park. 20 Siskins at West Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Ring Ouzels, 10 Blackcaps, 17 Song Thrushes, 22 Chiffchaffs and 40 Robins at Copt Point, where 2 Sky Larks, 3 Siskins, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers. 5 Jays, 6 Redpolls, 13 Fieldfares and 1,250 Redwings flew over (Dale Gibson). 29 Fieldfares and 400 Redwings flew over Folkestone Rugby Club (Owen Leyshon). 7 Chiffchaffs in a garden in Folkestone (Mick Vandoen). 157 Gannets flew west past Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Black Redstart at Lympne (Phil Sharp). 3 Brent Geese off Copt Point (Brian Adams).


A Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe, where Green-brindled Crescent was new for the year (Ian Roberts). Dotted Chestnut at Saltwood recently (Sean Clancy).


10th - A Great White Egret, a Green Sandpiper and 10 Teal at Donkey Street where 2 Wood Larks flew west. A Yellow Wagtail at the Willop Sewage Works. A Ring Ouzel at Abbotscliffe, where a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Tree Sparrows, 120 House Martins and 150 Starlings flew over. A Grey Wagtail, 3 Goldcrests and 3 Chiffchaffs at Enbrook Park (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts / Chris Gillard). 


Large Ranunculus at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Delicate at Seabrook, also a Clouded Yellow flew west there (Paul Howe).


9th - 3 Ring Ouzels, 8 Blackcaps and 14 Chiffchaffs at Abbotscliffe, where a Jay, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Grey Wagtails, 3 Tree Pipits, 3 Tree Sparrows, 10 Reed Buntings, 58 Redpolls, 130 Siskins, 450 Starlings, c.1,000 Swallows and 2,875 Chaffinches flew over (Ian Roberts). A Firecrest and a Ring Ouzel at Samphire Hoe (Geoff Burton). A Black Redstart, 2 Ravens, 6 Crossbills, 6 Redpolls, 11 Sand Martins and 35 Linnets at Lympne (Phil Sharp). A Redwing, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 14 Blackcaps and 20 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).


A Pearly Underwing, a Hummingbird Hawk-moth and a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


8th - A Swift, a Redpoll, 4 Crossbill and 80 Swallows flew over Lympne Church (Phil Sharp).


A presumed immigrant Figure of Eight (the first area record since 1958), 2 Delicate, 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 4 Rusty-dot Pearls, 4 Rush Veneers and 5 Silver Ys at Samphire Hoe, also an apparent second brood Straw Belle there (Tony Rouse). A Palpita vitrealis and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Convolvulus Hawk-moth in Folkestone (David Jenkins).


7th - A Great White Egret flew over the Aldergate Bridge, a Sedge Warbler and a Reed Warbler at the Willop Sewage Works, 2 Redpolls at the West Hythe, 3 Wigeon at Donkey Street and 27 Siskins at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper). A Tree Pipit, a Reed Bunting, 8 Redpolls and 120 Linnets flew over Fisherman's Beach, Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Peregrine, 63 Swallows and 174 Goldfinches flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Delicate, 2 Rusty-dot Pearls and 3 Rush Veneers at Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse). 2 Delicates and 2 Hummingbird Hawk-moths at Seabrook also 2 Red Admiral flew west there (Paul Howe).


6th - A Spotted Flycatcher, a Brambling at 8 Siskins at West Hythe and a Merlin at Selby Farm (Brian Harper). A Sandwich Tern and 52 Gannets flew west past Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Death's-head Hawk Moth found on the seawall at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). Single Hummingbird Hawk-moths at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Hythe (Ian Roberts).

5th - 12 Crossbills and Redpolls flew east over Horn Street (Paul Howe). A Golden Plover flew west over Princes Parade (Ian Roberts). 7 Blackcaps and 10 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).


A new Scarce Bordered Straw, a Rusty-dot Pearl and 4 Silver Y at Seabrook, also a Wall there (Paul Howe). A Golden Twin-spot and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


4th - A Merlin and a Snipe at Donkey Street, a Yellow Wagtail at Botolph's Bridge and 3 Sand Martins and 200 House Martins at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper). A Swift, 2 Blackcaps, 8 Chiffchaffs, 8 Crossbills, 9 Redpolls and 15 Siskins at Lympne (Phil Sharp). 23 Redpolls at Crete Road East (Chris Gillard). 2 Firecrests at Saltwood (Ian Roberts).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Silver Y and a Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Silver Y, 2 Rusty-dot Pearls and 6 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton and a Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Delicate, 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 3 Silver Y at Hythe, where the Brick was new for the year (Sam & Vincent Lloyd / Chris Gillard / Ian Roberts).


3rd - An apparent Cackling Goose, a Knot, a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 Ringed Plovers, 2 Common Terns, 3 Shelduck, 5 Red-throated Divers, 13 Canada Geese, 20 Teal, 28 Sandwich Terns, 81 Wigeon, 132 Common Scoter, 343 Brent Geese and 384 Mediterranean Gulls flew past the Willop Outfall. 3 Pochard and 21 Greylag Geese at Folkestone Racecourse, Westenhanger (Brian Harper). A Redstart, 2 Ring Ouzels, 5 Redwings, 40 Chiffchaffs and 200+ Robins in the Copt Point/Creteway Down area (Dale Gibson). A Ring Ouzel, a Golden Plover and 2 Whinchats at Abbotscliffe. 62 Brent Geese flew past Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Black Redstart, a Blackcap, 2 Chiffchaffs and 200 House Martins at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Wheatear at Samhphire Hoe, where 10 Sandwich Terns and 58 Brent Geese flew past (Barry Woolhouse).


A Delicate and 5 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


2nd - A Manx Shearwater, a Brent Goose and 34 Gannets flew past Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). A Wigeon and 5 Brent Geese flew past Folkestone (Ian Roberts).


3 Hummingbird Hawk-moths at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Delicate at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


1st - A Yellow-browed Warbler calling in the tree line behind New Beach caravan park, near Dymchurch (Brian Harper), click here for a sound recording of this bird. A Hobby at Lympne (Phil Sharp). 2 Wheatears and 19 Pied Wagtails at Church Hougham (Mark Kennett). A Stonechat at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Hythe where Blair's Shoulder-knot was new for the year (Ian Roberts). 


September 2020 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.


For the reviews of sightings in 2019 select 'Annual Reports' from the menu above.