Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 6th August
The 2020 area bird year list is 180 species (176 species at the same time last year)

6th - A Lesser Whitethroat, a Blackcap, 3 Willow Warblers, 4 Reed Warblers and 15+ Whitethroats at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).

Lesser-spotted Pinion at Hythe was new for the year, also a late Sussex Emerald of note there (Sean Clancy).

5th - A Garden Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 3 Reed Warblers and 8 Willow Warblers at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).

A Four-spotted in a garden in Hythe was of note (Sean Clancy).

4th - A Reed Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats at 12 Whitethroats at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 8 Oystercatchers flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).

3rd - A Wheatear, a Reed Warbler and 5 Willow Warblers at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).

Single Oak Processionary at Hythe (Sean Clancy) and Seabrook, where Ypsolopha scabrella (Wainscot Smudge) was new for the year (Paul Howe)..

2nd - 3 Oak Processionary at Seabrook, where Dichrorampha simpliciana (Round-winged Drill) was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Swallowtail at Capel-le-Ferne Gun Site (Dale Gibson). A Grey Seal off Hythe (Glenn Tutton).

1st - A Yellow Wagtail and 10 Oystercatchers flew west over Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Double Kidney, Brown-veined Wainscot and Small Rufous at Seabrook were new for the year, also Dusky Hook-tip of note there (Paul Howe). Oak Processionary at Hythe Ranges and Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn) at Hythe were new for the year, and Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at the latter site was also noteworthy (Ian Roberts).


31st - A Green Sandpiper flew over the Stop 24 services near Westenhanger (Sean Clancy). A Green Sandpiper flew west over Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Willow Warbler, a Blackcap, 2 Reed Warblers and 2 Whitethroats at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 

Eulamprotes wilkella (Painted Neb) and Bactra furfurana (Mottled Marble) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Antler Moth and Straw Underwing at Tolsford Hill (Ian Roberts) were among the additions to the year list.

30th - 2 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). 25+ Mediterranean Gulls over Lympne (Phil Sharp)

Gypsy Moth, Argyresthia pruniella (Cherry-fruit Moth) and Acleris comariana (Strawberry Tortrix) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Dichomeris alacella (Lichen Crest), Acleris laterana (Dark-triangle Button), Acleris emargana (Notch-wing Button), Strophedra weirana (Little Beech Piercer) and Evergestis pallidata (Chequered Pearl) near Saltwood (Kevin Button / Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

29th - A Little Egret, a Great Crested Grebe, an Oystercatcher, at least 3 Manx Shearwaters, 27 Sandwich Terns and 36 Gannets flew past Samphire Hoe, also a Little Grebe and a Black Redstart there (Steve Cutt). A Reed Bunting, 2 Little Egrets, 9 Lesser Whitethroats, 16 Willow Warblers and 18 Whitethroats at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Whitethroats and 7 Reed Warblers at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).

Dusky Thorn and Rosy Rustic at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Clouded Yellow at Castle Hill (Steve Wheatley) was also the first of the year.

28th - A Willow Warbler in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson).

Isophrictis striatella (White-border Neb) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Pammene aurita (Sycamore Piercer) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

24th - A Whinchat at Abbotscliffe (Paul Edmondson).

Flounced Rustic at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Monopis laevigella (Skin Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.

Oblique Striped at Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

Yellow-legged Clearwing at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Little Egret at Hythe

(Glenn Tutton)

Sparrowhawk at Lympne

(Phil Sharp)

23rd - Oblique Striped, Barred Rivulet, Lobster Moth, Small Dotted Buff, Acompsia schmidtiellus (Marjoram Crest), Apodia bifractella (Dark Fleabane Neb), Merrifieldia baliodactylus (Dingy White Plume), Moitrelia obductella (Kent Knot-horn) and Eudonia lineola (White-line Grey) at Samphire Hoe were among the additions for the year (Kevin Button / Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitrealis at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

22nd - A Little Egret at Hythe, along the canal by the Ladies' Walk bridge (Glenn Tutton).

A Yellow-legged Clearwing at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Swallowtail butterfly in Folkestone Warren (Brian Adams).

21st - A Willow Warbler, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Whitethroats and 8 Reed Warblers at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).

Chalk Carpet at Tolsford Hill and Epinotia nisella (Grey Poplar Bell) and Cosmopterix pulchrimella (Pellitory Cosmet) at Hythe were new for the year (Ian Roberts).

Raspberry Clearwing at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Dark Crimson Underwing at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts)

Aethes dilucidana at Hythe Ranges

(Ian Roberts)

Vitula biviella at Hythe

(Sean Clancy)

20th - Aethes smeathmanniana (Yarrow Conch) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

19th - A Little Egret, a Black Redstart and 12 Common Scoter at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).

Pammene fasciana (Acorn Piercer) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Square-spot Rustic at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

18th - The first area record of Raspberry Clearwing at Seabrook, whilst Juniper Pug there (Paul Howe) and Garden Tiger at Folkestone (Cathy Hearsey) were also new for the year.

17th - Up to 9 Crossbills flew over Lympne (Phil Sharp). A Whimbrel flew past Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Sand Martins and 100 Swifts flew over Folkestone (David Featherbe / John Tomlinson).

Dark Crimson UnderwingBordered Straw, Aristotelia brizella (Thrift Neb), Caryocolum alsinella (Narrow Groundling), Caryolcolum vicinella (Coast Groundling), Aethes dilucidana (Short-barred Yellow Conch) and Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla (Rose Plume) at Hythe Ranges, Agriphila inquinatella (Barred Grass-veneer) at Hythe (Ian Roberts), Vitula biviella (Pine-blossom Knot-horn) at Hythe (Sean Clancy) (also White-banded Carpet of note there) and Black Arches at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Caloptilia elongella (Pale Red Slender) and Bryotropha desertella (Desert Groundling) were among the additions to the year list.

16th - 350 Mediterranean Gulls at Copt Point, including birds ringed in Norway, Hungary and Italy (Renaud Flamant). A Hobby flew over Hythe (Glenn Tutton). A Curlew flew over Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts).

Small Rivulet, Recurvaria leucatella (White-barred Groundling) and Ryacionia pinicolana (Orange-spotted Shoot) at Hythe were new for the year (Ian Roberts) as was Bryotropha senectella (Dull Red Groundling) at Seabrook, where a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Dark Sword-grass were of note (Paul Howe).

Bisigna procerella at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Tree-lichen Beauty at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Pale-shouldered Cloud at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Lunar Hornet Moth at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

15th - A Wheatear, a Little Grebe and a Little Egret at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).

Bisigna procerella (Kent Tubic), Hoary Footman and Southern Wainscot at Seabrook were new for the year, also 2 Harbour Porpoise offshore (Paul Howe). A Dark Sword-grass at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

14th - An Osprey flew east over St Hilda's Road (Ian Roberts) and then out to sea from Stade Street in Hythe (John Tilby).

Pale-shouldered Cloud (the 14th area and 23rd British record), Grass Emerald,Galleria mellonella (Wax Moth) and Chilo phragmitella (Reed Veneer) at Hythe were new for the year (Ian Roberts), as were Tree-lichen Beauty, Four-spotted Footman, Buff Footman, Caloptilia semifascia (Maple Slender) and Aparoerema anthyllidella (Vetch Sober) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

13th - An Italian Wall Lizard at Little Switzerland (Ralph Thorogood).

12th - A Honey Buzzard flew over Cheriton (Brian Harper). A Hobby and 4 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe, where a Green Sandpiper and a Siskin flew over and 2 Oystercatchers and 21 Common Scoter flew east (Mark Kennett). A Crossbill flew over Lympne and 8 Mediterranean Gulls were at Botolph's Bridge (Phil Sharp). 48 Sand Martins flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 50+ Mediterranean Gulls at Donkey Street (Bruce Findlay).

11th - Acleris sparsana (Ashy Button) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

10th - A Red Kite flew east over Palmarsh (Paul Howe).

The first Pearly Underwing of the year, a Dark Sword-grass and 6 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Rusty-dot Pearl and a Cydalima perspectalis (Box Tree Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

9th - Epiblema scutulana (Thistle Bell) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Dark Sword-grass and 9 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

8th - Large Twin-spot Carpet, Ypsolopha parenthesella (White-shouldered Smudge), Argyresthia retinella (Netted Argent), Brachmia blandella (Gorse Crest), Gelechia sororculella (Dark-striped Groundling), Epagoge grotiana (Brown-barred Twist) and Phalonidia manniana (Water-mint Conch) were among the additions to the year list at Gibbin's Brook (Ian Roberts).

7th - A Corn Bunting and 5 Raven at Abbot's Court Farm, a Corn Bunting and a Yellow Wagtail at Botolph's Bridge and a Common Sandpiper at Donkey Street (Brian Harper).

Dusky Sallow at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Spilonota laricana (Larch-bud Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.

6th - 20 Crossbills flew south-west over Lympne (Phil Sharp). A Common Sandpiper and a Little Egret at Seabrook, where 848 Swifts flew over (Paul Howe).

Jersey Tiger at Folkestone was new for the year (Cathy Hearsey).

3rd - A Turtle Dove reported at West Hythe (per RBA).

Pigmy Footman at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

2nd - Plain Golden Y and Dark Umber at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Dark Umber at Hythe and Epermenia aequidentellus (Carrot Lance-wing) and Scoparia basistrigalis (Base-lined Grey) at Stanford North (Ian Roberts) and Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer), Nemapogon clematella (Barred White Clothes Moth), Gypsonoma minutana (Brindled Shoot), Elegia similella (White-barred Knot-horn) and Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer) at West Hythe (Fred Butcher/Tony Rouse) were among the additions to the year list.

1st - A Grey Plover and 4 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).

The Druid at Hythe (Sean Clancy)

The first area (and second county) record of the Druid at Hythe (Sean Clancy). Slender Brindle at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

June 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.

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