Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 18th January
The 2021 area bird year list is 115 species (107 species at the same time last year)

18th - 2 Golden Plover at the Willop Basin and 5 Brent Geese flew east (Ian Roberts). 2 Redshank in Folkestone Harbour (Keith Shepherd).


17th -  A Black Redstart at Samphire Hoe (Barry Woolhouse). A Canada Goose, a Kingfisher and 6 Redshank in Folkestone Harbour (Phil Smith). A Green Sandpiper and 56 Pied Wagtails at Botolph's Bridge, a Canada Goose near the Dymchurch Redoubt, a Marsh Tit at Turnpike Hill, Hythe and 4 Gadwall on Hoorne's Sewer, near the Willop Sewage Works (Ian Roberts). A male Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone (Keith Shepherd).


16th -  A male Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone, also 5 Redwings flew over (Keith Shepherd).


The Satellite at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


15th - 4 Shoveler at Donkey Street and 500 Lapwings at the Willop Basin (Brian Harper). A pair of Blackcaps in a garden in Folkestone (David Featherbe). A male Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone, also a Little Egret and 4 Redwing flew over (Keith Shepherd).


14th - A Blackcap in a garden in Lympne (Phil Sharp). 2 Fulmars and 11 Brent Geese flew east past Princes Parade (Ian Roberts).


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


13th - A Kingfisher and 40 Kittiwakes at Folkestone Harbour (Phil Smith).


12th - A Kingfisher at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith)


The first Winter Moth of the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


11th - A Great White Egret at Donkey Street and a male Marsh Harrier by Abbot's Court Farm, Burmarsh (Brian Harper). 17 Golden Plovers and 428 Lapwings at the Willop Basin. A Barn Owl near the junction of Lower Wall and Donkey Street at 17:00 (Ian Roberts). 300+ Linnets at Lympne (Phil Sharp).


10th - A Teal and 3,300 Cormorants flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Chiffchaff and 3 Blackcaps along the canal at Seabrook. 2 Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 5 Wigeon, 5 Tufted Duck and 21 Pochard at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


9th - A Great Northern Diver and a Razorbill off Sandgate and 2 Purple Sandpipers at Battery Point (Barry Woolhouse). A Gadwall, 2 Teal, 4 Tufted Ducks and 8 Pochard at Nickolls Quarry. 6 Red-legged Partridge, 70 Golden Plover and 460+ Lapwings at the Willop Basin, also c.100 Common Scoter offshore. 2 Gadwall and 8 Shags flew west and 16 Brent Geese flew east past Samphire Hoe. A Firecrest at Enbrook Park. 2 Mandarin Ducks at Folks' Wood. 5 Little Egrets at West Hythe (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).  A Shelduck, 16 Brent Geese and 3,150 Cormorants flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Water Rail, a Chiffchaff and a Blackcap along the canal at Seabrook and a Green Sandpiper and a Little Egret at Botolph's Bridge (Chris Gillard).


8th - 4 Egyptian Geese flew east past the Willop Outfall before settling briefly at Nickolls Quarry. A Rock Pipit at the Willop Outfall. A female Tufted Duck at Nickolls Quarry. A female Pochard at Cock Ash Lake. A Woodcock at Chesterfield Wood and a Woodcock and a Marsh Tit at Kiln Wood (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 2 Great Northern Divers again off Sandgate (Neil Frampton). 7 Brent Geese flew east past Folkestone Pier (Dave Featherbe). A male Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson). A Snipe at Samphire Hoe (Chris Gillard).


7th - A Great Northern Diver again off Sandgate (Julian Russell). 25 Linnets at Fisherman's Beach, Hythe (Ian Roberts). A male Blackcap at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and a male Blackcap still in a garden in Folkestone (Keith Shepherd) 


A Mottled Umber at Seabrook was the first moth of the year (Paul Howe).


6th - A male Blackcap again in a garden in Folkestone and 23 Stock Doves flew north (Keith Shepherd). 600 Cormorants feeding off Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). 


5th - 2 Great Northern Divers off Sandgate (Chris Gillard / John Tomlinson). 1,540 Cormorants flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe). A male Blackcap again in a garden in Folkestone (Keith Shepherd). A Merlin and a Firecrest at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper).

Purple Sandpiper at Hythe (Phil Smith)

Razorbill at Princes Parade (Elliot Ranford)

4th - A Great White Egret at Donkey Street and a Great Northern Diver off Sandgate (Ian Roberts). A Little Owl at Selby Farm (Brian Harper).

3rd - 2 Great Northern Divers still off Sandgate, also a Shag there (Brian Harper / Paul Howe). A Little Egret and 2 Shags at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).  A pair of Blackcaps in a garden in Seabrook (Martin Whybrow). A male Blackcap and a Little Egret in a garden in Folkestone, where 35 Stock Doves flew north. 45 Brent Geese flew west past Folkestone Harbour (Keith Shepherd). 3 Firecrests at Enbrook Park (Chris Gillard). 19 Ringed Plovers at Folkestone Beach. 2 Wigeon and 15 Common Scoters at the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts).

Great Northern Diver at Sandgate (Elliot Ranford)

2nd - A Great Northern Diver, a Black-throated Diver and 300+ Red-throated Divers at Hythe Ranges (Sean McMinn). 2 Great Northern Divers off Sandgate and a Razorbill off Princes Parade (Elliot Ranford). A Short-eared Owl, a Kingfisher, a Little Egret and 2 Ravens at the Aldergate Bridge (Dylan Wrathall). A Pintail, 4 Brent Geese, 6 Shelduck, 6 Common Scoters, 10 Sanderling and 43 Wigeon at the Willop Outfall. A Green Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry. 3 Ravens flew over West Hythe. A Mandarin at Folks' Wood (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Black Redstart, 4 Fulmar and 12 Stonechat at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). A male Blackcap and a Little Egret in a garden in Folkestone and a Coot at Radnor Park (Keith Shepherd). A Little Egret at Palmarsh park (Jane Leigh). 29 Lapwings at Capel-le-Ferne and 54 Redwings at Church Hougham (Mark Kennett).

Guillemot at Folkestone

(Elliot Ranford)

Kittiwake at Folkestone

(Elliot Ranford)

Gannet at Folkestone

(Elliot Ranford)

Shag at Folkestone

(Elliot Ranford)

1st - The Great Northern Diver again in Hythe Bay, ranging between Battery Point and the Hotel Imperial, also a Razorbill there and 2 Purple Sandpipers opposite the Stade Court hotel. A Barn Owl and 8 Little Egrets at West Hythe. A Golden Plover, a Curlew, 2 Jack Snipe, 2 Corn Buntings, 2 Stonechats, 9 Redshank, 25 Snipe, 35 Teal and 490 Lapwings at the Willop Basin. 7 Sanderling, 25 Turnstone, 26 Wigeon and 70 Red-throated Divers at the Willop Outfall. A Water Rail at Seabrook. A Firecrest at Enbrook Park. 2 Green Sandpipers at Donkey Street (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts / Elliot Ranford). A male Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone, where 10 Redwings flew west (Keith Shepherd). A Stonechat at the Hotel Imperial golf course, where a Little Egret flew west (Bruce Findlay). 10 Brent Geese at Samphire Hoe (Barry Woolhouse).


December 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.