Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 30th March
The 2020 area bird year list is 133 species (137 species at the same time last year)

30th - An immature White-tailed Eagle flew north over Hythe at 15:30 and in the morning a Brambling, a Grey Wagtail, 54 Siskins and 1,845 Chaffinches flew east there (Ian Roberts). 2 Buzzards arrived in off the sea at Seabrook, also 5 Gannets and 14 Great Crested Grebes offshore (Paul Howe).


2 Peacocks and 2 Small Tortoiseshells at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

White-tailed Eagle and Common Buzzard over Hythe (Ian Roberts)

28th - A Common Tern flew past Seabrook (Paul Howe). Four Sandwich Terns flew past Mill Point (Chris Gillard). One Sandwich Tern flew east past Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Chiffchaff and a Reed Bunting at Princes Parade (Clive Nuttman).


A Lead-coloured Drab at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Brimstone near Stanford and a Tawny Mining Bee and a Common Wasp at Hythe (Clive Nuttman).


27th - 2 Red Kites flew over Cheriton (Rachael Marshall). A Long-eared Owl, a female Marsh Harrier, a Raven and a Green Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry. 6 Mediterranean Gulls, 61 Common Gulls and 603 Black-headed Gulls flew east at Hythe Ranges. A Reed Bunting, 8 Siskins and 110 Chaffinches flew east at the Hythe Redoubt (Ian Roberts). A pair of Firecrest at Dibgate (Kevin Harding). The first Whimbrel of the year flew east at Seabrook, also a Raven there (Paul Howe).


The first 2 Brimstone butterflies of the year at Dibgate (Kevin Harding). A Small White at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


26th - 46 Siskins and 810 Chaffinches flew east at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Peregrine, 3 Greylag Geese, 28 Brent Geese and a further 674 Chaffinches flew east at Seabrook, also a Shag there and 4 Buzzards flew over (Paul Howe).


An Orange-tip in a garden in Folkestone was new for the year (David Featherbe), as was a Tawny Pinion at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Red Admiral at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Hedgehog in a garden in Hythe (Glenn Tutton).


25th - A Shelduck, 3 Curlew, 4 Avocet and 260 Brent Geese flew east at sea. A Red Kite flew over West Hythe. 3 White Wagtails on the Hotel Imperial Golf Course (Ian Roberts). 15 Brent Geese flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Buzzard flew over Hythe (Glenn Tutton).


A Hummingbird Hawk-moth in a garden in Saltwood (Colin Dunster). A Dark-edged Bee-fly at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


24th - A Shelduck, 2 adult Little Gulls, 4 Red-breasted Mergansers and 290 Brent Geese flew east at sea (Ian Roberts). A Firecrest, a Blackcap and a Chiffchaff at Enbrook Park and 2 Redshanks at Folkestone Harbour Arm (Kevin Harding). A Blackcap singing in the Enbrook Valley (Chris Gillard).


3 Peacock butterflies in gardens in Folkestone (Chris Gillard). A Comma in the Golden Valley (Kevin Harding). A  Pippistrelle at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

23rd - A Shelduck, 3 Eider, 4 Pintail, 40 Red-throated Divers and 77 Black-headed Gulls flew past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). A Chiffchaff and 5 Buzzards at Seabrook (Martin Whybrow / Paul Howe).


A Pippistrelle at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


22nd - A Green Sandpiper, a Little Egret, 2 Gadwall and 8 Snipe at Nickolls Quarry. A Red-legged Partridge at Donkey Street. A Blackcap at Aldergate Bridge. A Curlew and 2 Common Scoter flew east past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). A Blackcap and 2 Chiffchaffs in a garden in Hythe (Sean McMinn). 3 Greylag Geese and 29 Brent Geese flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).


2 Harbour Porpoises off Mill Point (Ian Roberts). A Peacock and 3 Small Tortoiseshell at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

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Purple Sandpipers at Hythe (Glenn Tutton)

21st - 2 Shoveler and 4 Green Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry. A Firecrest at West Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Shag again off Seabrook (Paul Howe). 


20th - 17 Dunlin, 23 Sandwich Terns, 30 Fulmars, 31 Common Scoter and 44 Brent Geese flew east past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite the Stade Court hotel (Glenn Tutton). A Shag at Seabrook, where a Buzzard arrived in off the sea (Paul Howe). 


19th - 2 Black Redstarts, 2 Firecrests, 4 Goldcrests and 11 Chiffchaffs at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts). 3 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Blackcap singing in a garden in Folkestone (David Featherbe).


Acleris kochiella (Elm Button) and Agonopterix heracliana (Common Flat-body) at Seabrook (Paul Howe), the Streamer at Hythe and Brindled Pug at Gibbin's Brook (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

Chiffchaff at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts)

The Streamer at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

18th - A male Marsh Harrier, a Little Egret, 3 Chiffchaffs and 8 Snipe at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


Twin-spotted Quaker at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

Dotted Border at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Twin-spotted Quaker at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Red-breasted Merganser at the Hythe Redoubt (Ian Roberts)

Phyllonorycter leucographella on Pyracantha at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

17th - A Firecrest, a Water Rail, 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Green Sandpipers and 10 Snipe at Nickolls Quarry. A Chiffchaff and 2 Gadwall at Donkey Street. A Curlew at the Willop Outfall. A Red-breasted Merganser off the Hythe Redoubt (Roger Norman / Ian Roberts).

16th - The first 3 Wheatears of the year, the wintering Ring Ouzel, a Black Redstart and 6 Chiffchaffs at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett / Steve Cutt). 39 Siskins and 1,570 Chaffinches flew east at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).

Red Chestnuts at Saltwood (Colin Dunster) and Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt) were new for the year, as was Dotted Border at Seabrook, where 2 Porpoises were seen offshore and a Peacock and a Small Tortoiseshell were also of note there (Paul Howe).

15th - A
Great White Egret, a Water Pipit, a Tufted Duck and 2 Gadwall at Donkey Street. A male Marsh Harrier, 3 Green Sandpipers and 5 Little Egrets at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Chiffchaff and a pair of Blackcaps in a garden in central Folkestone (John Tomlinson). 

Spruce Carpet and mines of Phyllonorcyter leucographella (Firethorn Leaf Miner) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and
Diurnea fagella (March Tubic) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.

Diurnea fagella at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Small Quaker at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Luffia lapidella at Cheriton

(Ian Roberts)

Luffia lapidella - click on the image for a short video of a larva feeding

14th - A Gadwall, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 5 Pintail, 6 Fulmar, 29 Shelduck, 36 Common Scoter and 430 Brent Geese flew past Mill Point (Ian Roberts).

Clouded Drab at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Harbour Porpoise off Mill Point (Ian Roberts).

13th - A Grey Plover at the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts). 12 Great Crested Grebes off Folkestone Harbour Arm (Helen Baker).

12th - A Red-breasted Merganser off the Willop Outfall. A Chiffchaff and 4 Greylag Geese at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

11th - A White Wagtail and a Black Redstart at Samphire Hoe (Dave Clarke).  Another large movement of Redwings over Hythe after dusk (Ian Roberts).

Depressaria daucella (Dingy Flat-body) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

10th - 3 Pochard, 8 Tufted Ducks, 10 Fieldfares and 20 Redwings at Cock Ash Lake. 2 Greylag Geese and 8 Canada Geese between Newingreen and Sellindge. A large movement of Redwings over Hythe this evening (Ian Roberts).

9th - A Blackcap singing at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).

7th - A Chiffchaff at Hythe and 2 Chiffchaffs at the Willop Basin were new arrivals. A Water Pipit at Donkey Street. A Tufted Duck and 2 drake Shoveler at Nickolls Quarry. A Peregrine and 6 Canada Geese at Burmarsh. 25 Teal at the Willop Basin (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 2 Pintail, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Common Scoter and 24 Red-throated Divers flew east past Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). 
Luffia lapidella f. ferchaultella (Grey Bagworm) at Cheriton Road Cemetery and Alucita hexadactyla (Twenty-plume Moth) at Hythe were new for the year (Ian Roberts). 

6th - 3 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite the Stade Court hotel (Sean McMinn). 7 Meadow Pipits and 67 Chaffinches flew over Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).  5 Buzzards (including 3 apparent migrants heading east) over Seabrook (Paul Howe).

A Small White at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

5th - A Red-breasted Merganser flew east past Mill Point, also a Firecrest there (Ian Roberts).

4th - The Ring Ouzel, a Firecrest and 2 Chiffchaffs at Samphire Hoe (Derek Smith). A Grey Heron flew in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe).
3rd - A Hawfinch at Burmarsh Churchyard and a Barn Owl, a Corn Bunting and 2 Ravens at Abbots Court Farm (Brian Harper). A Blackcap at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Firecrest, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Grey Wagtails at Enbrook Park (Kevin Harding).

A Small Tortoiseshell at Hythe (Chris Gillard).

2nd - The wintering Ring Ouzel, a Chiffchaff, a Firecrest, a Reed Bunting and 2 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe, where 30 Brent Geese flew east (Mark Kennett). A Reed Bunting and a Redwing at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).

1st - A Chiffchaff and a Blackcap in a garden in central Folkestone (John Tomlinson). A murmuration of 250+ Starlings at Folkestone (Phil Smith).

Barn Owl at Abbots Court Farm

(Brian Harper) 

March Moth at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Early Grey at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Double-striped Pug at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)


February 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.


For the reviews of sightings in 2019 select 'Annual Reports' from the menu above.