Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 20th September
The 2019 area bird year list is 179 species (189 species at the same time last year)

21st - A Redstart in a garden in Folkestone (Mick Vandeon) and a Firecrest in a garden in Hythe (Ian Roberts).


A Pale-lemon Sallow and a Scarce Bordered Straw at Hythe, where Agriphila latistria (White-streak Grass-veneer) was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


20th - 2 Greylag and 3 Brent Geese flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and 3 Brent Geese flew east at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


A Cydalima perspectalis (Box Tree Moth) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe, where Autumnal Rustic was new for the year, as was the mine of Bucculatrix albedinella (Elm Bent-wing) at Princes Parade (Ian Roberts). A Hummingbird Hawkmoth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Convolvulus Hawk-moth at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Bucculatrix albedinella at Princes Parade (Ian Roberts)

Oak Lutestring at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Orange Sallow at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

19th - A Redstart, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 12 Chiffchaffs, 18 Blackcaps, 34 House Sparrows, 45 Robins and 100+ Meadow Pipits at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley). 1,000+ Mediterranean Gulls at Copt Point (Martin Collins).


A Scarce Bordered Straw and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Grey Seal at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


18th - A Lesser Whitethroat, a Jay, 3 Whitethroats, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Blackcaps and 200 House Martins at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Delicate and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe, where Agonopterix conterminella (Sallow Flat-body) was new for the year, as were the mines of Ectoedemia erythrogenella (Coast Bramble Pigmy) at Copt Point and Phyllonorycter lantanella (Viburnum Midget) at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts).


17th - A Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Willow Warbler and 3 Lesser Whitethroats at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).


.A Bordered Straw, a Convolvulus Hawk-moth, 2 Rusty-dot Pearls and 5 Cydalima perspectalis (Box Tree Moths) at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe). Frosted Orange and Beaded Chestnut at Saltwood were new for the year (Colin Dunster).


16th - A Rush Veneer at Hythe, where Feathered Brindle was new for the year, as was Brindled Green at Cheriton and Ypsolopha parenthesella (White-shouldered Smudge) at Folks' Wood (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook, where Oak Lutestring, Orange Sallow and Stigmella samiatella (Chestnut Pigmy) were new for the year. A Grey Seal off Princes Parade (Paul Howe).


15th - A Yellow Wagtail, 2 Whinchats, 4 Stonechats, 4 Whitethroats, 6 Lesser Whitethroats, 10 Chiffchaffs, 40 Blackcaps and 600 House Martins at Abbotscliffe (Paul Holt). 3 Wheatears at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


A Golden Twin-spot at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Clouded Yellow and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


14th - A Whinchat, a Yellow Wagtail and 3 Wheatears at Princes Parade (Brian Harper). 3 Wheatears at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts).


A Golden Twin-spot at Hythe, where Lunar Underwing was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


13th - A Hobby, 2 Little Egrets, 3 Chiffchaffs, 6 Whitethroats, 8 Blackcaps and 200 House Martins at Abbotscliffe, where 14 Meadow Pipits and 40 Swallows flew east (Mark Varley / Paul Holt).


A Convolvulus Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Golden Twin-spot, 2 Delicates, 11 Silver Ys and another 5 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Cydalima perspectalis (Box Tree Moth) at Hythe (Sean Clancy).


12th - A Spotted Flycatcher, a Willow Warbler, 2 Goldcrests, 2 Whitethroats and 13 Blackcaps at Abbotscliffe, where 2 Yellow Wagtails, 30 Sand Martins and 3,000 Swallows flew west (Mark Varley / Mark Kennett). A Spotted Flycatcher, a Wheatear, a Willow Warbler and 2 Yellow Wagtails in the Dibgate Camp/Casebourne Wood area (Brian Harper). 102 Swallows and 120 House Martins flew over Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Rusty-dot Pearl and 6 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and 3 Clancy's Rustics at Seabrook (Paul Howe) - presumably these Clancy's are locally bred.

Arctic Skua at Folkestone Warren

(Paul Holt)

Whinchat at Samphire Hoe

(Dave Clarke)

Clancy's Rustic at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Scarce Bordered Straw at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

11th - A Lapland Bunting, a Wheatear, a Sand Martin and 13 Yellowhammers at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). 2 Swifts over Folkestone (Mark Varley).


A Hummingbird Hawk-moth in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson).


10th - 2 Swifts flew west at Hythe (Glenn Tutton). A Hobby at Seabrook where a Grey Heron arrived in off the sea (Paul Howe).


9th - A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Golden Twin-spot at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


8th - A Lesser Whitethroat in a garden at Seabrook, where a Little Egret flew east and 166 Sandwich Terns were fishing offshore (Paul Howe). A Wheatear at Folkestone Pier (Mick Vandoen).


A Scarce Bordered Straw at Seabrook where 14 Red Admirals flew west (Paul Howe).


7th - c.200 Sandwich Terns off Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Feathered Ranunculus at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


6th - A Great White Egret, an Arctic Skua, 2 Common Sandpipers, 3 Little Egrets and c.300 Sandwich Terns at Folkestone Warren (Paul Holt / Martin Collins). 6 Arctic Skuas, c.70 Common Terns and c.150 Sandwich Terns off (Ian Roberts). An Arctic Skua, c.40 Common Terns and c.40 Sandwich Terns off Folkestone Pier (Mark Varley). A Wheatear at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


5th - A Tree Pipit, a Whinchat, a Sedge Warbler, 4 Willow Warblers, 5 Blackcaps and 6 Chiffchaffs at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). A Spotted Flycatcher, a Little Egret and 4 Whitethroats at Abbotscliffe and 900 Mediterranean Gulls at Capel-le-Ferne (Mark Varley). An Arctic Skua off Seabrook (Paul Howe).


4th - 2 Golden Twin-spots and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Dusky Hook-tip at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


3rd - A Hobby at Peene (Ian Roberts). A Wheatear at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith).


A Golden Twin-spot at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Scarce Bordered Straw and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


2nd - 2 Swifts flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Clifden Nonpareil at Heane Wood and a Scarce Bordered Straw at Hythe (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


1st - A Redstart at Botolph's Bridge and a Wheatear at Princes Parade (Brian Harper).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Rush Veneer, a Dark Sword-grass and 7 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


January to August 2019 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 2018 Folkestone & Hythe Bird Report and 2018 Non-avian Report are available as free downloads (by clicking on the links).