Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 24th June
The 2019 area bird year list is 176 species (183 species at the same time last year)
24th - A Green Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

Ethmia quadrillella (Comfrey Ermel), Cosmopterix lienigiella (Fen Cosmet), Brachmia inornatella (Fen Crest), Elachista triatomea (Meadow Dwarf), Pammene aurana (Orange-spot Piercer), Ostrinia nubilalis (European Corn-borer), Evergestis extimalis (Marbled Yellow Pearl), Calamotropha paludella (Bulrush Veneer), Blue-bordered Carpet, Red-necked Footman, Gold Spot, Silky Wainscot, Dingy Shears, Obscure Wainscot and Kent Black Arches at Nickolls Quarry were amongst numerous additions to the year list (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

23rd - A Red Kite near Shrine Farm, Postling Wents (Brian Harper).

Scalloped Oak, Batia lunaris (Lesser Tawny Tubic) and Crambus pascuella (Inlaid Grass-veneer) at Hythe and Ectoedemia louisella (Maple-seed Pygmy) and Phyllonorycter coryli (Nut-leaf Blister Moth) at Port Lympne were new for the year (Ian Roberts). The Lackey, Scalloped Oak, Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing and Small Fan-footed Wave at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe). 


22nd - Six-belted Clearwing at Hythe Ranges, Buff Arches, Poplar Lutestring, July Highflyer, Small Yellow Wave, Angle-barred Pug, Rosy Footman, Buff Footman, Mompha raschkiella (Little Cosmet), Pseudosciaphila branderiana (Great Marble), Eucosma campoliliana (Marbled Bell), Apotomis capreana (Sallow Marble), Lathronympha strigana (Red Piercer), Strophedra nitidana (Little Oak Piercer) and Anania crocealis (Ochreous Pearl) at Folks' Wood, The Fan-foot, Apotomis capreana (Sallow Marble) and Gypsonoma dealbana (Common Cloaked Shoot) at Cheriton (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts) and Buff Arches,The Fan-foot,Small Blood-vein,Beautiful Hook-tip,Aethes rubigana (Burdock Conch),Agriphila straminella (Straw Grass-veneer) and Sciota adelphella (Willow Knot-horn) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.    

21st - Common Emerald at Hythe was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Diamond-back Moth at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and 3 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton (Brian Harper).

20th - Water Ermine and
Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) at West Hythe were new for the year (Fred Butcher / Tony Rouse). 2 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton, where Swallow-tailed Moth and Piniphila bifasciana (Pine Marble) were new for the year (Brian Harper). Barred Straw, Grey Arches, Phyllocnistis saligna (Willow Bent-wing), Bryotropha desertella (Desert Neb) and Hypsopygia glaucinalis (Double-striped Tabby) at Seabrook were new for the year, also 6 Diamond-back Moths there and a Painted Lady of note at Sandgate (Paul Howe). 12 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Anania perlucidalis (Fenland Pearl) was new for the year (Ian Roberts). An Agrotera nemoralis (Beautiful Pearl) in a garden in Hythe was an unusual record (Sean Clancy).

Water Ermine at West Hythe

(Fred Butcher)

Catoptria verellus at West Hythe

(Fred Butcher)

Agrotera nemoralis at Hythe

(Sean Clancy)

Piniphila bifasciana at Cheriton (Brian Harper)

19th - A Hobby at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Rest Harrow, Catoptria pinella (Pearl Grass-veneer), Dolicharthria punctalis (Long-legged China Mark), Mecyna asinalis (Coastal Pearl), Oncocera semirubella (Rosy-striped Knot-horn) and Pterophorus pentadactyla (White Plume) at Folkestone Warren were new for the year (Kevin Button / Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 
Rest Harrow was also noted at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). Pammene regiana (Regal Piercer) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl, a Hummingbird Hawk-moth and 7 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton, where Zeiraphera isertana (Cock's-head Bell) was new for the year (Brian Harper).

18th - A Honey Buzzard flew low over Hythe this evening (Sean McMinn).

2 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Brachmia blandella (Gorse Crest) and Eudonia mercurella (Small Grey) were new for the year (Ian Roberts). 4 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl and a Diamond-back Moth at Cheriton, where Bird's Wing was new for the year (Brian Harper). Small Ranunculus at Hythe was another addition to the year list (Sean Clancy).

17th - 2 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton, where Archips xylosteana (Variegated Golden Tortrix) and Notocelia roseaceolana (Summer Rose Bell) were new for the year (Brian Harper). 2 Silver Ys at Hythe, where Marbled Beauty and Synaphe punctalis (Long-legged Tabby) were new for the year (Ian Roberts). Plain Golden Y and Marbled White at Seabrook were also new for the year (Paul Howe).

16th - Phtheocroa sodaliana (Buckthorn Conch) and Eidophasia messingiella (Bitter-cress smudge) at Peene were new for the year, also a Clancy's Rustic and 3 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton (Brian Harper). 4 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Common Footman, Lozotaeniodes formosana (Orange Pine Tortrix) and Ancylis achatana (Triangle-marked Roller) were new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook, where Common Footman was new for the year (Paul Howe). 

15th - A Concolorous at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). Lobster Moth, Green Silver-lines, Marbled White Spot, Mottled Beauty, Double Square-spot, Taleporia tubulosa (Brown Bagworm), Olindia schumacherana (White-barred Twist), Aleimma loeflingiana (Yellow Oak Button), Pandemis cinnamomeana (White-faced Twist), Pandemis cerasana (Barred Fruit-tree Tortrix), Cydia coniferana (Pine-bark Piercer), Crambus perlella (Satin Grass-veneer) and Eucosma cana (Hoary Bell) at Heane Wood and Carcina quercana (Long-horned Flat-body) at Hythe were new for the year (Kevin Button / Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook, where White Satin Moth was new for the year (Paul Howe), a Silver Y and 4 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and a Clancy's Rustic and 2 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe (Sean Clancy / Ian Roberts).

13th - Cypress Carpet at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and new for the year (Brian Harper).

12th - A Pearly Underwing at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Barred Yellow and Heart and Club at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

11th - A Painted Lady and a Red-veined Darter at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). A Painted Lady at Seabrook. 2 Diamond-back Moths and 3 Silver Ys at Hythe, where Dioryctria abietella (Dark Pine Knot-horn) was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Fiery Clearwing at Folkestone Warren.

10th - Clancy's Rustic at Cheriton (Brian Harper), Nemapogon cloacella (Cork Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Pyralis farinalis (Meal Moth), Euzophera pinguis (Ash-bark Knot-horn) and Endotricha flammealis (Rosy Tabby) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

9th - A Gem at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Ghost Moth at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper).

7th - 20 Swifts flew north-east over Palmarsh (Jamie Tomsett).

A new Grass Rivulet at Seabrook, where Bryotropha terrella (Cinerous Groundling) was new for the year, also a Diamond-back Moth at Palmarsh (Paul Howe). A Delicate at Samphire Hoe, where Large Nutmeg, Fox Moth, Uncertain, Dwarf Cream Wave, Cochylis dubitana (Small Conch), Cydia microgrammana (Re-harrow Piercer) and Coleophora lixella (Downland Case-bearer) where new for the year (Kevin Button).

6th - 2 Corn Buntings at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).

A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Abbotscliffe, where Six-spot Burnet was new for the year. 3 Silver Ys at Hythe (James Lowen / Ian Roberts). Scarce Footman at Seabrook was also new for the year (Paul Howe).

5th - A Long-eared Owl at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

A second Grass Rivulet in as many days (presumably these are immigrants), this time at Cheriton (Brian Harper). Yponomeuta padella (Orchard Ermine) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Dichrorampha alpinana (Broad-blotch Drill) and Notocelia uddmanniana (Bramble Shoot Moth) at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

4th - A
Grass Rivulet and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook, where L-album Wainscot was new for the year (Paul Howe). Light Arches at Hythe was also new for the year (Ian Roberts).

Grass Rivulet at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Netted Pug at Hythe Ranges

(Ian Roberts)

Buttoned Snout at Hythe Ranges

(Ian Roberts)

Plutella porrectella at Heane Wood

(Ian Roberts)

3rd - 5 Little Egrets flew east over Hythe (Bruce Findlay).

Additions to the moth year list included Buttoned Snout, Homoeosoma sinuella (Twin-barred Knot-horn) and Tinagma ocnerostomella (Bugloss Spear-wing) at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts), Lesser Treble-bar at Hythe (Sean Clancy) and Small Angle Shades, Cream-bordered Green Pea and Platytes cerussella (Little Grass-veneer) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).     

2nd - A Cuckoo again at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Additions to the moth year list included Netted Pug, Privet Hawk-moth and Hellinsia carphodactyla (Citron Plume) at Peene and Yellow Shell at Cheriton (Brian Harper), Privet Hawk-moth, Yellow Shell, Middle-barred Minor, Bactra lancealana (Rush Marble) and Aethes beatricella (Hemlock Yellow Conch) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Rhyacionia pinivorana (Spotted Shoot Moth) and Aethes beatricella (Hemlock Yellow Conch) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).  

1st - 2 Black Redstarts at Shorncliffe Camp, Cheriton (Brian Harper).

Prays ruficeps (Dark Ash-bud Moth) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). 


January to May 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).