Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 24th September
The 2018 area bird year list is 185 species (180 species at the same time last year)

24th - A Whinchat, 2 Reed Buntings, 3 Siskins, 24 Blackcaps and 27 Chiffchaffs at Abbotscliffe where 76 Meadow Pipits flew west (Mark Kennett). 

A Hobby flew over Cheriton (Brian Harper). 10 Shelduck flew east at Hythe (Glenn Tutton). A Red-throated Diver, a Dunlin and 12 Canada Geese at the Willop Outfall and a Yellow Wagtail flew west at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


Migrant moths included 2 Delicates at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and 5 Red Admirals flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


23rd - 5 Great Skuas, 21 Arctic Skuas, 200 Mediterranean Gulls, c.800 Gannets and 1,000+ Sandwich Terns off Hythe (Sean McMinn).


Migrant moths included a Delicate and 2 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe where Black Rustic was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


22nd - At least 40 Meadow Pipits flew west over Hythe (Ian Roberts).


Migrant moths included a Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and 2 Delicates at Hythe where Dusky-lemon Sallow and Deep-brown Dart were new for the year. Mines of Ectoedemia erythrogenella (Coast Bramble Pigmy) found at Folkestone Warren were a new species for the area and Phyllonorycter lantanella (Viburnum Midget) was also of note there (Ian Roberts).

Dusky-lemon Sallow at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Deep-brown Dart at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Ectoedemia erythrogenella at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Autumnal Rustic at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

21st - Migrant moths included 2 Delicates and 3 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe where Autumnal Rustic was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


20th - 2 Whitethroats and 4 Whinchats at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley).


Migrant moths included a Delicate, 5 Clancy's Rustics and 7 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Whinchat at Samphire Hoe

(Denise Mansfield)

Snipe at Beachborough Lakes

(Steve Tomlinson)

Pale-shouldered Cloud at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Barred Hook-tip at Folks' Wood

(Ian Roberts)

19th - At least 2,500 Swallows flew west at Hythe (Sean McMinn / Ian Roberts). A Whinchat at Samphire Hoe (Denise & David Mansfield).


Migrant moths included a Delicate, 2 Clancy's Rustics and 5 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


18th - A Little Grebe at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).


Migrant moths included a third Pale-shouldered Cloud of the year, a Delicate and a Clancy's Rustic at Hythe, whilst Barred Hook-tip, The Sallow, Red-line Quaker and Epinotia cinereana (Grey Aspen Bell) were new for the year at Folks' Wood (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). Monopis crocicapitella (Pale-backed Clothes Moth) was new for the year at Seabrook, where Four-spotted Footman and Plumed Fan-foot were also of note (Paul Howe).


17th - A Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Wheatear, 3 Whitethroats and 4 Whinchats at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).


Migrant moths included a Delicate, 2 Clancy's Rustics and 7 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


16th - Migrant moths included a Delicate, a Dark Sword-grass and 2 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe where Feathered Ranunculus was new for the year (Ian Roberts), as were Brindled Green and Acleris emargana (Notch-wing Tortrix) at Cheriton (Brian Harper).


15th - A Redstart, a Whinchat, 2 Wheatears, 5 Blackcaps, 9 Black Redstarts, 10 Chiffchaffs and 1,000+ House Martins at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins). 10 Blackcaps and 10 Chiffchaffs in the West Road/Horn Street area, 6 Swallows and 30 House Martins at Paraker Wood and a Cetti's Warbler and 3 Chiffchaffs at Princes Parade (Kevin Harding). 20+ Canada Geese flew over Hythe (James Roberts).


A Delicate at Hythe where Feathered Brindle was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Painted Lady at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins).

Feathered Brindle at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

The Delicate at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Large Thorn at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Star-wort at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

14th - A Whinchat and 2 Little Egrets at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley).


Migrant moths included a Large Thorn and a Clancy's Rustic at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and a Delicate and Clancy's Rustics at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


13th - A Grasshopper Warbler and 5 Blackcaps at Folkestone Downs (Mark Varley). 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Yellow Wagtails and 19 Meadow Pipits flew west at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Wheatear and 3 Spotted Flycatchers at Beachbrough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson). A Turnstone at Hythe (Glenn Tutton).


A Star-wort and a Rush Veneer at Seabrook, where Lunar Underwing was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Dark Sword-grass and 4 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe, where Lunar Underwing was also trapped (Ian Roberts).


12th - Migrant moths included a Delicate, 2 Dark Sword-grass, 4 Clancy's Rustics and 8 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


11th - A Shag, 3 Whinchats and 3 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). A Sedge Warbler and 5 Snipe at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).


Migrant moths included 2 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe where Large Wainscot was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


10th - An Osprey flew west at Abbotscliffe, where the first Reed Bunting of the autumn, 4 Whinchats and 15 Blackcaps were present (Mark Kennett).


Migrant moths included a Rush Veneer and 2 Dark Sword-grass at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


9th - Migrant moths included a Dewick's Plusia, a Clancy's Rustic and 2 Dark Sword-grass at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Elachista freyerella (Broken-barred Dwarf) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

Dewick's Plusia at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Latticed Heath at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Frosted Orange at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Pied Flycatcher at Samphire Hoe

(Birdie Teresa)

8th - Migrant moths included a Delicate and a Latticed Heath at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


7th - A Wheatear, 2 Redstarts and 2 Whinchats at Abbotscliffe where a Swift, a Grey Wagtail, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 16 Sand Martins and 4,500 House Martins flew west (Mark Varley / Ian Roberts).


Migrant moths included a Latticed Heath, a Clancy's Rustic, a Dark Sword-grass and 14 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and a Latticed Heath, a Hoary Footman and a Dark Sword-grass at Mill Point where Crocidosema plebejana (Southern Bell) was new for the year (Fred Butcher / Tony Rouse).


6th - A Honey Buzzard flew west over Hythe (Sean McMinn). A Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Wheatears, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 5 Whinchats and 7 Whitethroats at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt / Mark Varley).


A Clancy's Rustic, a Dark Sword-grass, 2 Rush Veneers and 17 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Latticed Heath and 17 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, where Svensson's Copper Underwing was new for the year (Paul Howe).


5th - A Snipe and 2 Whinchats at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).


A Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Clancy's Rustic and 2 Dark Sword-grass at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Convolvulus Hawk-moth at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

Pale-shouldered Cloud at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

4th - The second Pale-shouldered Cloud of the year, a Clancy's Rustic, a Dark Sword-grass and 3 Rush Veneers at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A White-banded Carpet at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


3rd - A Dark Sword-grass at Hythe, where the finding of some leaf mines of Cosmopterix pulchrimella (Pellitory Cosmet) were of note (Ian Roberts). Barred Sallow at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper).


2nd - A Garden Warbler, 4 Redstarts and 8 Spotted Flycatchers in the Casebourne/Paraker Wood area and a Hobby flew over Cheriton (Brian Harper). A Spotted Flycatcher, a Firecrest, a Teal, 2 Common Sandpipers, 2 Wheatears and 3 Whinchats at Samphire Hoe where a Marsh Harrier flew out to sea (Phil Smith / Paul Holt / Ian Roberts).


A Latticed Heath, a Rush Veneer and 2 Dark Sword-grass at Samphire Hoe where Yellow Belle, Feathered Gothic, Agonopterix pallorella (Pale Flat-body) and Aethes francillana (Long-barred Yellow Conch) were new for the year (Paul Holt / Ian Roberts).


1st - 4 Whinchats and 5 Yellow Wagtails at Donkey Street (Brian Harper).

Black Redstart at Samphire Hoe

(Phil Smith)

Common Redstart at Casebourne Wood (Brian Harper)

Spotted Flycatcher at Casebourne Wood (Brian Harper)

Whinchat at Samphire Hoe

(Phil Smith)

Yellow Belle at Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

Feathered Gothic at Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

Agonopterix pallorella at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts)

Portland Ribbon Wave at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)


January to August 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).