Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 22nd February
The 2020 area bird year list is 117 species (121 species at the same time last year)

22nd - 12 Lapwings at Newingreen (Mark Kennett).

21st - Pale Mottled Willow at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Common Seal at Hythe (Glenn Tutton).

The 2019 annual reports are now available as free downloads by clicking on the images below

Common Seal at Hythe (Glenn Tutton)

20th - A Shelduck flew west past Seabrook (Paul Howe).

19th - A Great White Egret at West Hythe (Mary & Ivan Marshall). 2 Red Kites flew over Folkestone (Dale Gibson). 4 Mute Swans on the sea off Folkestone Harbour (Helen Baker).

18th - The Ring Ouzel again at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith).

15th - A Firecrest in a garden at St Leonard's Road (Ian Roberts).

14th - A drake Shoveler still  at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

A Peacock butterfly at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

13th - 2 drake Shovelers at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

12th - A Barn Owl along Lower Wall Road near Selby Farm (Brian Harper). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite Stade Street (Owen Leyshon). A White Wagtail at Samphire Hoe (Dave Clarke). A Little Egret at Botolph's Bridge and 30 Sanderling at the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts).


11th - A female Merlin at West Parade, Hythe (Alex Johnson).


10th - 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite Stade Street (Glenn Tutton).


8th - A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe, opposite the Stade Court hotel (Dave Brown). A Chiffchaff, a Teal, 4 Pochard and 15 Tufted Ducks at Cock Ash Lake and 60 Greylag Geese at Folkestone Racecourse (Ian Roberts). The Ring Ouzel was reported again at Samphire Hoe (per RBA). A Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone (David Featherbe).


A hibernating Peacock butterfly was found in a pill box at Creteway Down (Nathan Jones). 


7th - A Water Pipit and 2 Chiffchaffs in the Donkey Street / Willop Sewage Works area and 6 Egyptian Geese flew east (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 


6th - A Short-eared Owl along Lower Wall Road, near Selby Farm (Brian Harper). A pair of Gadwall at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). 


5th - The Ring Ouzel again at Samphire Hoe, where a Marsh Harrier arrived in off the sea (Paul Holt). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite the Hythe Imperial (Paul Trodd).


An Ypsolopha ustella (Variable Smudge) at Seabrook was new for the year, also an Early Moth of note there and another at Palmarsh (Paul Howe).

4th - 2 Curlew at the Willop Basin (Ian Roberts).

Emmelina monodactyla (Common Plume) at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts) as was a Red Admiral at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

3rd - The Ring Ouzel reappeared at Samphire Hoe, having last been seen in December.

2nd - March Moth, Hebrew Character and Common Quaker at the Aldergate Bridge were new for the year (Brian Harper).

1st - A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe, opposite the Hotel Imperial (Neil Burt).


January 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.