Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 16th May
The 2021 area bird year list is 185 species (173 species at the same time last year)

16th - 3 Hobbies at Lympne (Phil Sharp).


15th - An Arctic Skua flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Shag offshore. A Cuckoo, a Sand Martin and c.100 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


Yellow Belle at Samphire Hoe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


14th - A Crossbill flew east at Abbotscliffe. The Garden Warbler singing again at Princes Parade. A Shag flew east at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).


A Dark Sword-grass and an Ypsolopha mucronella (Spindle Smudge) at Saltwood (Colin Dunster). A Silver Y and 4 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook (Paul Howe). The Nutmeg and Heart & Dart were new for the year at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


13th - A Great White Egret flew east over Hythe and a Hobby at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Hobby and a Wheatear at Samphire Hoe, where 5 Red-breasted Mergansers flew west. A Cuckoo at Donkey Street. A Sand Martin, 10 House Martins and 90 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry (Steve Cutt / Paul Holt / Ian Roberts).


The first Adonis Blue of the year at Round Hill (Alfie Gay), the first Treble Lines at Seabrook (Paul Howe), the first Broad-barred White, Turnip Moth and Knot Grass at Saltwood (Colin Dunster) and the first adult Large Yellow Underwing and a Silver Y at Folkestone (Cathy Hearsey).


12th - A Sand Martin, 3 Hobbies and 25 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry and a Snipe at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).


11th - A Red-rumped Swallow with c.50 House Martins at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). A Wheatear and a Corn Bunting at Abbotscliffe, where 28 Swallows flew west (Paul Edmondson / Ian Roberts).


Brown Argus and Mother Shipton at Cherry Garden Hill were new for the year (Tony Poole / Ewan Hamilton / Alfie Gay). 3 Painted Ladies at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). Ethmia bipunctella (Bordered Ermel) was among additions to the moth year list at Hythe and 5 Painted Ladies were at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). Phtheochroa rugosana (Rough-winged Conch), Toadflax Brocade), Maiden's Blush and Peppered Moth were new for the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Painted Lady at Saltwood (Colin Dunster).

Common Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper)

Wheatear at Princes Parade

(Brian Harper)

Grey Wagtail at Westenhanger

(Phil Sharp)

Mute Swans at Hythe

(Glenn Tutton)

Mother Shipton at Cherry Garden Hill (Tony Poole)

Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Waved Umber at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Muslin Moth at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Painted Lady at Botolph's Bridge

(Brian Harper)

Painted Lady at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole)

Wall at Folkestone Downs

(Tony Poole)

Orange-tip at Folkestone Downs

(Tony Poole)

10th - A Nightingale singing along the canal near Palmarsh (Brian Harper). A Yellow Wagtail and a Willow Warbler at Abbotscliffe, a Wheatear at Donkey Street and a Common Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


There were some signs of insect immigration with Silver Y and Painted Lady at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole / Alfie Gay), Rusty-dot Pearl, Painted Lady and 2 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Diamond-back Moth at Hythe and Painted Lady at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts). Oak-tree Pug and Waved Umber at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were among several additions to the moth year list.


9th - A Great Northern Diver, an Arctic Skua, 13 Brent Geese and 63 Common Scoter flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Little Egret, a Yellow Wagtail, a Redpoll, 2 Wheatears, 2 Shags and 25 House Martins there. 2 Wheatears and 2 Corn Buntings at Abbostcliffe (Steve Cutt / Ian Roberts / Martin Collins / Barry Woolhouse / Phil Smith). A Cuckoo and 9 Common Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry, 2 Wheatears at Princes Parade and 13 Brent Geese flew east past Folkestone Pier (Brian Harper). A Hobby arrived in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


The first Painted Lady of the year at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper) and the first Holly Blue at Hythe (Clive Nuttman).


8th - The first Garden Warbler of the year at Princes Parade, where a Manx Shearwater, a Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 19 Whimbrel and 30 Dunlin flew past. A Greenshank and a Wheatear at Donkey Street. A Corn Bunting at the Willop Sewage Works (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


7th - A Wood Warbler, a Ring Ouzel, a Willow Warbler, a Corn Bunting, a Little Egret and 2 Lesser Whitethroats at Abbotscliffe, where a Yellow Wagtail and 7 Swifts arrived in off the sea (Ian Roberts). A Hobby at Hythe and a Little Egret and 2 Grey Wagtails at Westenhanger (Phil Sharp). 5 Swifts at Capel-le-Ferne (Keith Shepherd).


A Clouded Yellow at Samphire Hoe (Dave Brown).The first Red Admiral of the year at Hythe (Chris Gillard).


6th - A Cuckoo, a Wheatear and 2 Snipe at Donkey Street and still large numbers of Swallows at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 2 Black Redstarts and 3 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). 20 House Martins at Abbotscliffe (Elliot Ranford).


The first Common Blue of the year at Cherry Garden Hill (Ewan Hamilton / Tony Poole).


5th - A Turtle Dove, a Hobby, 10 Swallows and 19 Swifts arrived in off the sea at Abbotscliffe, also a Ring Ouzel, a Willow Warbler and a Corn Bunting there. A Spotted Flycatcher, a Hobby, a Willow Warbler and 150 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry. A Black-throated Diver on the sea off the Willop Outfall, where 2 Brent Geese flew east and 4 Swifts arrived in off the sea. 3 Whimbrel at the Willop Basin. A Wheatear at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper). A Brent Goose and 2 drake Eider flew past Samphire Hoe and 5 Swallows arrived in off the sea (Steve Cutt). 2 Swifts arrived in off the sea at Seabrook, where 2 Shelduck flew west (Paul Howe). A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker reported at the A20 Westenhanger junction (Jamie Tomsett).


Lunar Marbled Brown at Seabrook and Esperia suphurella (Sulphur Tubic) at Hythe were new for the year (Paul Howe).


4th - An Arctic Skua and a Great Skua flew east past Mill Point, where 7 Manx Shearwaters flew west. A Swift, 2 Sand Martins, 30 House Martins and 70 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry. 3 Whimbrel at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts). A Hobby hunting over the canal at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Swift flew in off the sea at Samphire Hoe (per Paul Holt).

Manx Shearwater at Mill Point

(Ian Roberts)

Callisto denticulella at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Rock Pipit at Folkestone Warren

(Tony Poole)

3rd - A Hobby arrived in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Swallows arrived in off the sea at Samphire Hoe, where 20 Oystercatchers flew west and 21 Sandwich Terns and 35 Common Scoters (Ian Roberts / Martin Collins / Barry Woolhouse / Mark Kennett). A Willow Warbler, a Swift and 3 Lesser Whitethroats at Nickolls Quarry (Chris Gillard).


Green Carpet at Folkestone Downs was new for the year (Nathan Jones).


2nd - A Wheatear, a Cuckoo, 2 Gadwall, 3 Snipe, 6 Yellow Wagtails and 8 Corn Buntings in the Donkey Street area. 2 Common Sandpipers at Hythe Ranges. 3 Swifts at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). 7 Whimbrel at Botolph's Bridge (Roger Norman). A Common Sandpiper along the canal at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Ring Ouzel, a Willow Warbler, a Wheatear, a Corn Bunting, 4 Sand Martins, 8 Swallows and 30 House Martins at Abbotscliffe and a Black Redstart and 2 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe, where 3 Whimbrel flew east (Paul Holt / Mark Kennett).


Callisto denticulella (Garden Apple Slender) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


1st - The Nightingale was singing again at West Hythe (Brian Harper). 2 Ring Ouzels at Abbotscliffe (1 by the sound mirror, 1 at the old rifle range), also a Corn Bunting and 3 Lesser Whitethroats there, and a Yellow Wagtail and 16 Swallows arrived in off the sea (Ian Roberts). A Grey Heron and 3 Canada Geese flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


The first 2 Dew Moths were on the wing at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).

April


30th - The first Whinchat of the year was reported at Samphire Hoe (per Paul Holt), also a Wheatear there and 9 Bar-tailed Godwits flew east (Steve Cutt). The Nightingale was still at West Hythe and, 2 Black-throated Divers, 6 Oystercatchers, 9 Whimbrel and c.50 Common/Arctic Terns flew past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). A Cuckoo at Nickolls Quarry and 10 Whimbrel at Botolph's Bridge (Roger Norman). 


Pebble Prominent at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


29th - A Richard's Pipit was reported at Samphire Hoe at 13:05 before it flew off west (Russ Blackman), also a Hobby, a Wheatear and 2 Shags there and a Whimbrel and 107 Common Scoter flew east (Bob Gomes / Steve Cutt / Mark Kennett). An Egyptian Goose at Cock Ash Lake and Wheatear at the Aldington Road (Ian Roberts). A Short-eared Owl flew over Lympne (Phil Sharp). 2 Eiders off the Dymchurch Redoubt (Brian Harper). A Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Whitethroats at 9 Blackcaps at Nickolls Quarry and 9 Whimbrel at Botolph's Bridge (Roger Norman).


Lesser Swallow Prominent at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


28th - Seawatching from Samphire Hoe, Sandgate and Seabrook produced totals of 1 Knot, 1 Bar-tailed Godwit, 3 Velvet Scoters, 25 Whimbrels, 150 Black-headed Gulls, 300 Brent Geese and 390 Common Scoters but very few terns, although a flock of 11 Little Terns were feeding off Hythe Ranges this evening. A Wheatear and a Yellow Wagtail were also of note at Samphire Hoe, whilst the first Common Sandpiper of the year, 8 Swifts, 10 Sand Martins, 10 House Martins and 80 Swallows were at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts / Mark Kennett / Paul Howe / Brian Harper).


Shuttle-shaped Dart at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


27th - A Nightingale singing again at West Hythe, also a Cuckoo and a Lesser Whitethroat there. A Little Egret and 9 Whimbrel at Botolph's Bridge. A Willow Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 4 Sand Martins at Nickolls Quarry. A Yellow Wagtail and 4 Snipe at Donkey Street. A Swift and 3 Whimbrel flew east over Hythe (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts / Roger Norman). 2 Whimbrel, 2 Wheatears, 2 Willow Warblers and 2+ House Martins at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). 2 Whimbrel flew east over Seabrook (Martin Whybrow). A Willow Warbler and 2 Whitethroats at Crete Road West (Elliot Ranford). At least one Swift heard over Folkestone (Stephanie Lea). A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe (Marianne Taylor).


Small Heaths at Castle Hill and Folkestone Warren and Small Purple-barred at the latter site were new for the year, also an Epichnoptierix plumella (Round-winged Bagworm), a Clouded Yellow, a Green Hairstreak and 14 Dingy Skippers of note at the Warren (Alfie Gay / Tony Poole).

Green Hairstreak at Folkestone Warren (Tony Poole)

Epichnopterix plumella at Castle Hill (Alfie Gay)

Spotted Redshank with Greenshanks at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts)

Fieldfare at Lympne

(Phil Sharp)

26th - The Spotted Redshank and 4 Greenshank were still at Donkey Street (Brian Harper). 2 Whitethroats at Princes Parade (Martin Whybrow).


25th - A Spotted Redshank, a Wheatear, 4 Greenshank, 4 Snipe and 7 Whimbrel at Donkey Street. The first Cuckoo of the year heard from Nickolls Quarry, also 75 Swallows there. A Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Black-throated Divers, 2 Grey Plovers, 3 Great Skuas, 4 Shovelers, 10 Brent Geese and 18 Whimbrel flew east past Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper / Roger Norman / Steve Cutt / Mark Kennett). A Little Egret on the canal at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


24th - A Black Kite flew in off the sea at Samphire Hoe, where a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Arctic Skuas, 6 Velvet Scoters, 9 Bar-tailed Godwits, 13 Common Terns, 20 Whimbrels and 830 Common Scoter flew east, also a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Shags, 3 Wheatears and 3 Whitethroats there (Steve Cutt / Ian Roberts / Phil Smith / Barry Woolhouse / Martin Collins / Chris Gillard / Paul Holt / David Mansfield). A Greenshank, a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail and 2 Whimbrel at Donkey Street and a Swift at the Willop Basin (Brian Harper). A Fieldfare and a Swallow at Lympne (Phil Sharp). A White-tailed Eagle was reported flying west over Hythe (per RBA).


Clouded Yellow at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith), Wall at Round Down (Tony Poole) and Hofmannophila pseudospretella (Brown House Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe were new for the year.


23rd - A Pomarine Skua, a Common Tern, 7 Whimbrels, 16 Bar-tailed Godwits, 30 Kittiwakes and 42 Sandwich Terns flew east past Mill Point (Ian Roberts).


22nd - An Arctic Skua, 2 Black-throated Divers, 3 Pomarine Skuas, 3 Whimbrels, 12 Bar-tailed Godwits, 32 Fulmars and 66 Sandwich Terns flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Shag on the sea there and a Ring Ouzel, a Black Redstart and 2 Wheatears on the land. The first Swift of the year at Nickolls Quarry. A Sedge Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Wheatears and 3 Whimbrel at Donkey Street (Mark Kennett / Steve Cutt / Ian Roberts). A Reed Warbler, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 3 Swallows along the canal at Seabrook (Dylan Wrathall).

Whimbrel at Donkey Street

(Ian Roberts)

Whitethroat at Folkestone Downs

(Tony Poole)

Sandwich Tern at Hythe

(Glenn Tutton)

The Mullein at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

21st - An Osprey flew north over Aldergate Lane (Brian Harper). An Arctic Skua, 2 Shovelers, 5 Bar-tailed Godwits, 24 Whimbrels and 80 Gannets flew east past Samphire Hoe, also 3 Wheatears there and 11 Sand Martins flew in off the sea (Mark Kennett / Ian Roberts). 


Iron Prominent and Pale Prominent at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

20th - A Nightingale (click here for a recording of this bird singing - recorded by Brian Harper), a Willow Warbler and a Sedge Warbler at West Hythe. A Reed Warbler, a Whitethroat, 3 Willow Warblers and 4 Sedge Warblers at Nickolls Quarry. 2 Whimbrel at Donkey Street. 2 Reed Warblers at Botolph's Bridge. A Wheatear, a Swallow and 5 Shags at Samphire Hoe, where a Curlew and a Whimbrel flew east. A Wheatear at Abbotscliffe. A Willow Warbler and a Whitethroat at Capel Battery (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts / Phil Smith). A Fieldfare flew over Lympne Park Wood (Phil Sharp). The first Lesser Whitethroat of the year and a Blackcap at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


Epichnoptierix plumella (Round-winged Bagworm) at Castle Hill was new for the year (Alfie Gay / Tony Poole).


19th - A Serin flew east at Abbotscliffe, also 2 Grey Partridges there. A Ring Ouzel, a Black Redstart, 3 Willow Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 3 Goldcrests, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Wheatears at 5 Chiffchaffs at Samphire Hoe, where an Arctic Skua, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Shoveler and 13 Shelduck flew east and a Mute Swan and 9 Oystercatchers flew west. An Arctic Skua, 16 Whimbrel, 18 Mediterranean Gulls and 185 Sandwich Terns flew east past Mill Point this afternoon, where a Bar-tailed Godwit flew west and a Willow Warbler was singing (Ian Roberts / Paul Holt / Mark Kennett). A Wheatear and a Willow Warbler at Haguelands, a Willow Warbler at Botolph's Bridge and 3 Whimbrel at Donkey Street (Brian Harper). A Willow Warbler by the canal near Twiss Road, Hythe (Clive Nuttman).


18th - A Reed Bunting. 2 Wheatears and 3 Ring Ouzels at Samphire Hoe, where a Whimbrel flew east, 10 Oystercatchers flew west and 3 Swallows arrived in off the sea. A Yellow Wagtail flew in off the sea at Capel Battery (Mark Kennett / Barry Woolhouse / Ian Roberts).


Common Heath at Cherry Garden Hill (Tony Poole) and Large White and Mompha epilobiella (Common Cosmet) at Seabrook (Paul Howe / Ian Roberts) were new for the year.


17th - The first 2 Reed Warblers of the year at Nickolls Quarry, also a Willow Warbler (click here for a recording of this bird singing), 2 Sedge Warblers and 2 Whitethroats there. A Fieldfare at the Willop Sewage Works (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper / Roger Norman). 5 Whimbrel flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


The first 3 Dingy Skippers of the year at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole). 

Dingy Skipper at Folkestone Downs

(Tony Poole)

Least Black Arches at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Wheatear at Samphire Hoe

(Elliot Ranford)

Song Thrush at Hythe

(Tony Poole)

16th - The first Willow Warblers of the year at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts) and Lympne, also 32 Fieldfares at Saltwood (Phil Sharp). A Wheatear and 2 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Elliot Ranford). 5 Greylag Geese flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Speckled Wood at Round Hill was new for the year (Tony Poole). A Pippistrelle flying by day at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


15th - 2+ Ring Ouzels and 7 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). 2 Whitethroats at Hythe Roughs (Brian Harper).


Green Hairstreak at Cheriton Hill (Alfie Gay) and Swallow Prominent and Least Black Arches at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year. 


14th - 2 Ring Ouzels and 4 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe, where 7 Sandwich Terns and 81 Gannets flew east (Mark Kennett). 2 House Martins at Lympne (Phil Sharp). A Common Tern at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper).


13th - A Redstart, 2 Ring Ouzels, 2 Black Redstarts and 2 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt / Phil Smith). 40 Linnets at Abbotscliffe (Elliot Ranford).


12th - 3 Black Redstarts, 3 Blackcaps, 4 Wheatears and 11 Chiffchaffs at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). A Sand Martin, 12 House Martins and 50 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry. A Bar-tailed Godwit at the Willop Sewage Works (Ian Roberts).


11th - A Ring Ouzel at Abbotscliffe. A Wheatear at Samphire Hoe, where 14 Sandwich Terns and 182 Gannets flew east (Mark Kennett). A Red Kite flew north-east over the Golden Valley, Cheriton (Chris Gillard). A Green Sandpiper and 9 Corn Buntings at Donkey Street. A Green Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


10th - The first Common Tern of the year, a Red-breasted Merganser, 40 Common Scoters and 105 Sandwich Terns flew east past Mill Point. A Sedge Warbler, a Green Sandpiper, 3 House Martins, 4 Sand Martins and 40 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry. A Pochard, a Little Egret, a House Martin, 2 Sand Martins, 7 Tufted Ducks and 60 Swallows at Cock Ash Lake (Ian Roberts).


9th - A Yellow-legged Gull at Samphire Hoe, where a Great Skua, an Eider, 43 Sandwich Terns, 78 Common Scoters and 180 Gannets flew east (Phil Smith / Ian Roberts). A Sedge Warbler and a Whitethroat at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper). Single Wheatears at Princes Parade and on the beach at Seabrook (Martin Whybrow).


The first Orange-tip of the year at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts).


8th - 4 Egyptian Geese, 48 Red-throated Divers, 70 Brent Geese, 70 Sandwich Terns, 112 Common Scoters and 533 Gannets flew east past Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).


7th - A Wheatear and 2 Sandwich Terns at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). 3 Green Sandpipers at Hythe Ranges and a Sedge Warbler at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


6th - The first Sedge Warbler of the year at Nickolls Quarry, also 15 House Martins there. A Red Kite flew west over Palmarsh. A Marsh Harrier flew west over Hythe Roughs (Brian Harper). The White-tailed Eagle made another pass through the local airspace, but this time unseen, as it headed south-west over Saltwood and West Hythe, before leaving the coast at Dungeness and crossing to France (per @RoyDennisWF).

White-tailed Eagle at Samphire Hoe

(Paul Holt)

Turnstones at Hythe

(Glenn Tutton)

Italian Wall Lizard at Folkestone Warren (Steve Coates)

Caloptilia falconipennella at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

5th - A White-tailed Eagle from the Isle of Wight reintroduction scheme flew in off the sea and then north-east over Samphire Hoe, having previously left the coast at Dover and flown 6.8km into the English Channel (Paul Holt). A Whitethroat, a Water Rail and 140 hirundines at Nickolls Quarry (Chris Gillard / Ian Roberts). The Water Pipit again at Donkey Street, also 4 Snipe there (Brian Harper).


4th - A Wheatear, a Black Redstart and 5 Common Scoter at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). A Red-legged Partridge at Donkey Street (Chris Gillard). A Cetti's Warbler and 2 Jays at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).


Grey-shoulder Knot and Powdered Quaker at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe). An Italian Wall Lizard at Little Switzerland, Folkestone Warren (Steve Coates).


3rd - 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 14 Common Scoters, 94 Sandwich Terns and 160 Gannets flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Shag offshore. 2 House Martins, 10 Sand Martins and 17 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry. 80 Linnets at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts). 20 Common Scoter off the Willop Outfall (Chris Gillard). 7 Sandwich Terns and 16 Gannets flew past Folkestone Pier, also 8 Great Crested Grebes on the sea (Keith Shepherd).


2nd - A Bar-tailed Godwit, a Shelduck, 2 Grey Plovers and 30 Sandwich Terns flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Shag offshore. The first 2 Yellow Wagtails of the year and 3 Gadwall at Hoorne's Sewer. 2 House Martins, 22 Sand Martins and 25 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry. A House Martin and 10 Swallows at Cock Ash Lake. A pair of Gadwall flew east past Hythe (Ian Roberts / Mark Kennett / Brian Harper). 2 House Martins and 2 Sand Martins over the canal at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe (Sean McMinn).


Caloptilia falconipennella (Scarce Alder Slender) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


1st - A drake Garganey, 10 Common Scoter, 35 Brent Geese, 55 Sandwich Terns and 135 Gannets flew east past Folkestone Pier, also a Redpoll, a Siskin, a Sand Martin and 4 Swallows flew east, 35 Linnets and 40 Goldfinches arrived in off and a Shag was on the sea there (Ian Roberts). There was a passage of hirundines through Nickolls Quarry that comprised at least 6 Sand Martins and 15 Swallows, also a Green Sandpiper there. A Swallow, a Little Egret, 2 Greylag Geese, 3 Whimbrel, 5 Curlew and 120 Sanderling at the Willop Basin/Outfall (Brian Harper). 35 Yellowhammers at Oathill Cottages, Lympne (Phil Sharp). 


January to March 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.


For the reviews of sightings in 2020 and earlier years select 'Annual Reports' from the menu above.