Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 23rd June
The 2021 area bird year list is 186 species (179 species at the same time last year)
23rd - A Hobby hunting at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Cuckoo, a female Shoveler and 3 Tufted Ducks at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

Barred Straw at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Endotricha flammealis (Rosy Tabby) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year. The first Marbled White of the year at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole).

22nd - A Dark Sword-grass and 12 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

21st - A Delicate at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

20th - A Hobby flew east along the cliffs at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins).

Beautiful Hook-tip and the Rustic at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Bog Bush-cricket at Samphire Hoe appears to be only the second vice-county record, whilst Fox Moth, Shaded Pug, Parectopa ononidis (Clover Slender) and Metalampra italica (Italian Tubic) were new for the moth year list there (Phil & Steve Cutt). 

19th - A Nightingale singing at Thorn Wood (Brian Harper) and a Cuckoo at Burmarsh Road near Cindarella Farm (Elliot Ranford).

Buff Arches at Folkestone (Nate Moss), the Shark and Least Carpet at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Least Carpet at Seabrook were new for the year. An Agapthia cardui beetle at Thorn Wood was notable (Brian Harper).


18th - Bactra furfana (Mottled Marble) and Notocelia rosaecolana (Common Rose Marble) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Spilonota ocellana (Bud Moth), Anania coronata (Elder Pearl), Dwarf Cream Wave and Barred Yellow at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

17th - A Hobby flew along the cliffs at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).

A Delicate and a Cryptic Fern at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Paraswammerdamia nebulella (Hawthorn Ermel), Elachista gangabella (Yellow-barred Dwarf), Lozotaenia forsterana (Large Ivy Tortrix), Crocidosema plebejana (Southern Bell) and  Pammene regiana (Regal Piercer) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe). The first Ringlet of the year at Brockhill Country Park (Tony Poole).

16th - Another interesting night with the first modern area record of Scarce Merveille du Jour at Folkestone (Cathy Hearsey) and a Portland Ribbon Wave, a Netted Pug and an Elegia similella (White-barred Knot-horn) at Seabrook, where Lyonetia clerkella (Apple Leaf-miner) and Bryotropha terrella (Cinereous Groundling) were also new for the year (Paul Howe). Pammene suspectana (Ash-bark Piercer) at West Hythe was a new species for the area, where Metzneria lappella (Burdock Neb), Apotomis turbidana (White-shouldered Marble) and Euzophera pinguis (Ash-bark Knot-horn) were among the other additions to the year list (Brian Harper). Also of note was the first Lychnis of the year at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and a Fiery Clearwing found by day at Folkestone Warren (Tony Rouse).

Scarce Merveille du Jour at Folkestone (Cathy Hearsey)

Beautiful Golden Y at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Speckled Yellow at Folks Wood

(Tony Poole)

The Cinnabar at Folks Wood

(Tony Poole)

15th - There were numerous additions to the moth year list including Dichrorampha sequana (Square-spot Drill) at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper), Platytes cerussella (Little Grass-veneer) at Hythe and Ethmia quadrillella (Comfrey Ermel), Olindia schumacherana (White-barred Twist), Pammene albuginana (Blotched Piercer), Pammene aurana (Orange-spot Piercer), Small Yellow Wave, Brindled White-spot, Lobster Moth and Marbled Brown at Brockhill Country Park (Ian Roberts) and Ethmia quadrillella (Comfrey Ermel), Cochylimorpha straminea (Straw Conch), Achroia grisella (Lesser Wax Moth), Dioryctria abietella (Dark Pine Knot-horn), Orange-tailed Clearwing and Beautiful Golden Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Portland Ribbon Wave at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Beautiful Marbled at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Cryptic Fern at Folkestone Warren

(Ian Roberts)

The Fern at Folkestone Warren

(Ian Roberts)

Clouded Buff at Folkestone Downs

(Tony Poole)

Burnet Companion at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole)

Large Skipper at Folkestone Downs

(Tony Poole)

Painted Lady at Cheriton

(Tony Poole)

14th - A Cuckoo and a Redshank at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


Additions to the moth year list included Clouded-bordered Brindle and Anania lancealis (Long-winged Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Eudonia lacustrata (Little Grey) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


13th - Additions to the moth year list included Teleiopsis diffinis (Large Groundling) at Botolph’s Bridge and Pandemis cinnamomeana (White-faced Tortrix), Anania perlucidalis (Fenland Pearl), Lobesia relinquana (Oak Marble), Ptycholoma lecheana (Brindled Twist), Schoenobius gigantella (Giant Water-veneer) and Light Arches at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper), Eudonia mercurella (Small Grey) at Hythe and Yellow Shell at Hythe Roughs (Ian Roberts), and Ptycholoma lecheana (Brindled Twist), Lesser Cream Wave and Maple Prominent at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


12th - 8 House Martins and 60 Swifts flew in/east at Capel-le-Ferne (Ian Roberts). 4 Ravens flew east at Crete Road East (Mark Kennett).


L-album Wainscot, Plain Pug, Dichrorampha acuminatana (Sharp-winged Drill) and Myelois circumvoluta (Thistle Ermine) were new for the year at Hythe (Ian Roberts), as were Bactra lanceana (Rush Marble) and Evergestis extimalis (Marbled Yellow Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


11th - A Portland Ribbon Wave, a Beautiful Marbled, a Cryptic Fern, a Netted Pug, a Buttoned Snout and 2 Lace Borders at Folkestone Warren, where Agonopterix pallorella (Pale Flat-body), Ethmia terminella (Five-spot Ermel), Eupoecilia ambiguella (Vine Moth), Galium Carpet and Broken-barred Carpet were among the additions to the year list, whilst Clancy's Rustic at Hythe (Kevin Button / Ian Roberts) and Small Clouded Brindle at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were also new.

Black Stork at Sellindge

(Derek Smith)

White Spot at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Netted Pug at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Cydia strobilella at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

10th - A Grey Partridge flew over the A20 near Bluehouse Wood (Julian Russell). 3 Mediterranean Gulls flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Additions to the moth year list included Triaxomera fulvimitrella (Four-spotted Clothes Moth), Ancylis mitterbacheriana (Red Roller), Epinotia bilunana (Crescent Bell), Pine Hawk-moth, Barred Red, Red-necked Footman and  Cream-bordered Green Pea at Heane Wood (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts), Eucosma hohenwartiana (Bright Bell) and the Flame at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Cryptic Fern, Shoulder-striped Wainscot and Large Nutmeg at West Hythe (Fred Butcher / Tony Rouse).

9th - 9 Bee-eaters flew in off the sea at Folkestone Warren, then headed east along the cliffs, a Hobby flew in off the sea at Capel Battery and 2 Little Egrets and 3 Red Kites flew over Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Bee-eater was heard calling over Church Hougham (Mark Kennett).

Netted Pug and Wormwood Pug at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and Tinagma ocnerostomella (Bugloss Spear-wing) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were among the additions to the moth year list. There was a mass emergence of thousands of Adonis Blues at Folkestone Downs (Alfie Gay / Nate Moss).

8th - 2 Cuckoos at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

White Spot, Treble Brown Spot and Alabonia geofferella (Common Tubic) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

7th - Additions to the moth year list included Clouded Buff at Castle Hill (Alfie Gay / Tony Poole), Roeslerstammia erxlebella (Copper Ermel), Agrotera nemoralis (Beautiful Pearl), Satin Lutestring and White-pinion Spotted at Kiln Wood (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts), Brown Rustic and Burnished Brass at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and a Garden Tiger larva at Cheriton (Ralph Thorogood).

6th - The Black Stork was again at Sellindge before it flew high north-east (Derek Smith). 3 Corn Buntings and 4 Little Egrets at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Grey Heron flew west over the sea past Seabrook (Paul Howe). A male White Wagtail was seen collecting food near Cock Ash Lake (Paul Holt).

5th - A Black Stork and 19 Red Kites flew north over Sellindge (Derek Smith). A Black Kite was reported flying north over Postling (per RBA). 8 Mediterranean Gulls flew past Hythe (Glenn Tutton). A pair of Grey Wagtails have bred at Westenhanger, fledging one young (Phil Sharp). A Willow Warbler in the Hougham Valley (Mark Kennett).

Bedellia somnulentella (Bindweed Bent-wing), Lobesia reliquana (Oak Marble) and the Spectacle were new for the year at Seabrook, where Rusty-dot Pearl and 5 Diamond-back Moths were of note (Paul Howe).

4th - A Lapwing flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Red Kite at Saltwood (Ralph Thorogood).

A Lace Border in the grazing area in Folkestone Warren (Alfie Gay / Jason Moule). Additions to the year list included Psychoides filicivora (Fern Smut),

Prays ruficeps (Dark Ash Bud Moth) and Channel Islands Pug at Seabrook, and Pretty Chalk Carpet at West Hythe (Brian Harper), whilst a Dark Sword-grass at Saltwood was of note (Colin Dunster).

Lace Border at Folkestone Warren

(Jason Moule)

Eulia ministrana at Saltwood

(Colin Dunster)

Palpita vitrealis at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

The Four-spotted at Hythe Roughs

(Brian Harper)

3rd - A Cuckoo and a Hobby at Seabrook (Paul Howe / Martin Whybrow). 15 Greylag Geese flew east over Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).


Immigrant moths included a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Cydia strobilella (Spruce-seed Moth) and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook, where additions to the year list included Agonopterix yeatiana (Coastal Flat-body), Evergestis limbata (Dark Bordered Pearl), Ghost Moth and Lunar Thorn (Paul Howe). Another Eulia ministrana (Brassy Tortrix) at Saltwood, where Alder Moth was among the additions (Colin Dunster). Nephopterix angustella (Spindle Knot-horn) at Hythe was also new for the year (Ian Roberts). Flame Wainscot at Samphire Hoe was another new moth for the area, whilst Oak Nycteoline and 8 Cream-spot Tigers were new for the year there and 30 Dew Moths were notable (Steve Cutt).


2nd - The Garden Warbler still at Princes Parade (Ian Roberts).


There were numerous additions to the moth year list including the first area record of  Eulia ministrana (Brassy Tortrix) at Saltwood, where Dusky Hook-tip, the Miller and Tawny-barred Angle were among many others (Kevin Button), Birch Mocha at Saltwood (Colin Dunster), Cydia strobilella (Spruce-seed Moth), Platyptilia gonodactyla (Triangle Plume) and Ancylis laetana (Aspen Roller) at Nickolls Quarry, Cochylis nana (Birch Conch) and Cypress Carpet at Hythe (Ian Roberts), Lobesia littoralis (Shore Marble) at Botolph's Bridge Road (Brian Harper) and Argyresthia spinosella (Blackthorn Argent), Purple Bar, the Sycamore, Bird's Wing and Small Angle Shades at Seabrook, where 2 Rusty-dot Pearls were also trapped (Paul Howe).


1st - A Cuckoo at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


The warmer weather led to a number of additions to the moth year list, including Aethes smeathmanniana (Yarrow Conch), Peach Blossom, Figure of Eighty and White-point at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper),  Aethes smeathmanniana (Yarrow Conch) and Small Phoenix at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Agonopterix purpurea (Small Purple Flat-body) and Rustic Shoulder-knot at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


January to May 2021 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.


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