Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 28th September
The 2020 area bird year list is 191 species (181 species at the same time last year)

28th - A brisk north-westerly breeze produced an excellent passage of finches, including record counts of 53 Crossbills and 3,175 Siskins moving east at Abbotscliffe, with a Brambling, 28 Redpolls and 110 Linnets also of note. A Merlin and 2 Tree Pipits were also logged (Ian Roberts). 21 Crossbills and 600 Siskins were seen heading east over Copt Point (Dale Gibson). The first Redwings of the autumn were at Lympne (Phil Sharp) and at Samphire Hoe, with a Redstart, a Whinchat, 4 Blackcaps 8 Chiffchaffs, 10 Stonechats and 15 Robins at the latter site, where a Shelduck, 3 Brent Geese and 240 Siskins flew east (Paul Holt).


27th - A Hobby again at Nickolls Quarry (Stuart Gonsalves). 36 Brent Geese flew east at Hythe and 20 Chiffchaffs along the canal (Chris Gillard). A Dunlin at Samphire Hoe, where 8 Brent Geese flew east (Paul Holt).


26th - A Hobby at Nickolls Quarry (Stuart Gonsalves). 2 Grey Wagtails at Enbrook Park (Chris Gillard). Good numbers of House Martins heading west at Hythe (Bruce Findlay / Ian Roberts).


25th - A Hobby, a Redpoll, 2 Ravens and 240+ Siskins at Lympne (Phil Sharp). At least 557 Mediterranean Gulls at Hythe (Sean McMinn). A Grey Heron and 427 House Martins flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Golden Twin-spot at Hythe, where Merveille du Jour was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Kuhl's Pippistrelle was found at Samphire Hoe recently.


24th - 300 Mediterranean Gulls off Hythe (Sean McMinn). 


A Hummingbird Hawk-moth and a Wall butterfly at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


23rd - A Hobby, 4 Redpolls and 12 Siskins at Lympne (Phil Sharp). A Firecrest at Castle Hill, where a Redpoll and 20 Siskins flew over (Ian Roberts). 2 Turnstones in Folkestone Harbour (Mark Kennett).


A Convolvulus Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 5 Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) at Hythe (Sean Clancy). A Delicate, a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Cydalima perspectalis at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Folkestone (John Tomlinson).

Common Sandpiper at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith)

Convolvulus Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Dewick's Plusia at Samphire Hoe (Kevin Button)

Cydalima perspectalis at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts)

22nd - A Hawfinch at Copt Point (Dale Gibson). A Redstart, a Sedge Warbler, a Goldcrest, 12 Blackcaps and 30 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Shag, a Common Sandpiper, a Whinchat, 8 Blackcaps and 32 Chiffchaffs at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt / Phil Smith). 14 Chiffchaffs ringed in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson). A Barn Owl at the Aldergate Bridge (Brian Harper).


The sixth Pale-shouldered Cloud of the month and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Vestal, a Golden Twin-spot, 2 Dewick's Plusias, 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 3 Delicates and 5 Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) at Samphire Hoe. A Rusty-dot Pearl and a Delicate at Hythe (Kevin Button / Ian Roberts). A Delicate at the Aldergate Bridge, where Endothenia quadrimaculana (Blotched Marble) was new for the year (Brian Harper).


21st - A Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher, 3 Great Spotted Woodpeckers and 10 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry, 2 Wheatears at the Hythe Redoubt, 2 Wheatears at the Willop Outfall and 2 Brent Geese flew past (Brian Harper / Roger Norman). A Redstart at Copt Point and 7 Crossbills flew over (Dale Gibson). A Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Goldcrest, a Lesser Whitethroat and 21 Chiffchaffs at Abbotscliffe, where 5 Siskins flew east (Paul Edmondson / Ian Roberts). 6 Brent Geese flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).


The fifth Pale-shouldered Cloud of the month, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 3 Golden Twin-spots at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A prasinaria form of Barred Red at Hythe (Sean Clancy). A Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Palpita vitrealis and Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) at Seabrook, where Cochylidia implicitana (Chamomile Conch) was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Delicate at Saltwood, where Brown-spot Pinion, Beaded Chestnut and Barred Sallow were new for the year (Colin Dunster).


20th - 3 Ring Ouzels flew east at Creteway Down (Dale Gibson). 28 Siskins and 29 Swallows flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Golden Twin-spot and a Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Delicates at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


19th - 7 Wigeon and 25 Brent Geese flew past the Willop Outfall and 3 Goldcrests in the Golden Valley, Cheriton (Chris Gillard). 45 Siskins flew east at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).


A Pale-shouldered Cloud, a Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Delicate at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


18th - A Delicate and a Golden Twin-spot at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


17th - A Red-throated Diver, 6 Dunlin, 14 Teal and 16 Wigeon at the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts).


A Rusty-dot Pearl and 2 Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) at Hythe (Ian Roberts). The Sallow at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).  


16th - A Vestal, a Delicate and 4 Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) at Hythe (Ian Roberts). The first adult Black Rustic of the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

The Vestal at Lower Wall Road

(Ian Roberts)

Pale-shouldered Cloud at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Turnstone at Hythe (Glenn Tutton)

Long-tailed Blue at Castle Hill

(Tony Poole)

15th - A Pale-shouldered Cloud, a Golden Twin-spot and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook, where Dusky-lemon Sallow was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Pale-shouldered Cloud, a Rusty-dot Pearl and 3 Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) at Hythe, where Large Wainscot was new for the year. A Clouded Yellow at Castle Hill but no sign of the Long-tailed Blue in a brief search (Ian Roberts).  


14th - A male Long-tailed Blue at Castle Hill, at grid ref TR21545 38093 (Alfie Gay / Tony Poole). 2 Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


13th - A Hobby flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Whinchat, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 10 Blackcap at Abbotscliffe, where 5 Yellow Wagtails, 14 Siskins and 29 Meadow Pipits flew over (Mark Kennett).

Lunar Underwing at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Golden Twin-spot and 2 Hummingbird Hawk-moths at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 


13th - A Hobby flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Whinchat, 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers, 2 Lesser Whitethroats and 10 Blackcap at Abbotscliffe, where 5 Yellow Wagtails, 14 Siskins and 29 Meadow Pipits flew over (Mark Kennett).


Lunar Underwing at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Golden Twin-spot and 2 Hummingbird Hawk-moths at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


12th - A Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Grey Wagtail, 4 Chiffchaffs, 5 Blackcaps and 5 Siskins at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman / Brian Harper). 3 Buzzards flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Clifden Nonpareil at Saltwood (Colin Dunster). 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe, where Autumnal Rustic was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

Clifden Nonpareil at Saltwood

(Colin Dunster)

Lyonetia prunifoliella at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Oak Lutestring at Postling

(Ian Roberts)

Redstart at Abbotscliffe

(Ian Roberts)

11th - A Great White Egret, a Grey Heron and 2 Great Spotted Woodpeckers flew in off the sea at Capel-le-Ferne Gun Site (Dale Gibson). A Lesser Whitethroat, 7 Blackcaps and 25 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).

A Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Saltwood (Colin Dunster).

10th - A Wryneck (probably a new individual seen briefly near the Lydden Spout Battery), a Spotted Flycatcher, a Willow Warbler, 2 Redstarts, 3 Lesser Whitethroats and 5 Whitethroats at Abbotscliffe, where a Great Spotted Woodpecker and 58 Siskins flew over (Paul Edmondson / Ian Roberts). 6 Buzzards flew west at Horn Street (Paul Howe).

A Pale-shouldered Cloud, a Hummingbird Hawk-moth and a Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

9th - A Hobby, 2 Spotted Flycatchers, 2 Ravens and 2 Siskins at Lympne (Phil Sharp).

Lyonetia prunifoliella (Striped Bent-wing) at Seabrook was a new species for the area, also 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) there (Paul Howe). A Dark Sword-grass, a Hummingbird Hawk-moth and 2 Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) at Hythe (Ian Roberts). An Annulet, a Clouded Yellow and 5 Adonis Blues at Folkestone Warren were of note (Alfie Gay).

8th - 6 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). A Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Blackcaps and 8 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).

A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth), a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, 2 Golden Twin-spots and 2 Dark Sword-grass at Hythe, where Hedge Rustic was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Golden Twin-spot and an Oak Lutestring at Postling, where Orange Sallow was new for the year (Ian Roberts). 2 Clouded Yellows at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith).

7th - A Red-backed Shrike at Capel-le-Ferne opposite the Battle of Britain memorial (Dale Gibson). The Wryneck still at Abbotscliffe, also a Tree Pipit, a Whinchat, a Wheatear, a Swift, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 8 Whitethroats and 11 Blackcaps there (Mark Kennett). 3 Chiffchaffs and 20+ Blackcaps at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 

A Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). An early Brindled Green was new for the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

6th - A
Wryneck, a Short-eared Owl, 2 Whinchats and 5 Wheatears at Abbotscliffe, where a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Swifts, 30 Meadow Pipits and 35 Siskins flew over (Ian Roberts / Paul Edmondson). A Kingfisher at Folkestone Harbour (Stephanie Lea).

A Rusty-dot Pearl and 2 Golden Twin-spots at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Wryneck at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts)

Short-eared Owl at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts)

5th - A Wheatear, 3 Whinchats and 3 Yellow Wagtails at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). 4 Wheatears at Hythe Ranges, where a Yellow Wagtail and 4 Swifts flew over (Ian Roberts).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Golden Twin-spot, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe, where Feathered Brindle was new for the year. 2 Golden Twin-spots at Postling (Ian Roberts). 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 


4th - A Portland Ribbon Wave, an Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn) and a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Hythe (Sean Clancy). A Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth), a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, a Dark Sword-grass and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


3rd - There appears to be no sign of the Red-backed Shrike today at Abbotscliffe although the windy conditions are less than ideal for searching (David Mansfield).


A Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Golden Twin-spot at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


2nd - The Red-backed Shrike was still at Abbotscliffe, also a Redstart, a Pied Flycatcher, a Spotted Flycatcher, a Hobby, 2 Wheatears, 4 Whinchats, 10 Whitethroats and 10 Blackcaps there and a Tree Pipit, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Lapwing, a Grey Wagtail, 2 Swifts and 8 Yellow Wagtails flew over (Paul Edmondson / Mark Kennett / Ian Roberts / Paul Holt).


A Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Red-backed Shrike at Abbotscliffe

(Ian Roberts)

Spotted Flycatcher at Hythe Roughs

(Brian Harper)

Feathered Gothic at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Scarce Bordered Straw at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

1st - The Red-backed Shrike was still at Abbotscliffe, also a ringtail Hen Harrier, a Hobby, a Redstart, a Swift, a Wheatear, 2 Sand Martins, 3 Whinchats, 5 Yellow Wagtails, 7 Siskins, 10 Whitethroats and 15 Blackcaps there (Paul Edmondson / Mark Kennett / Ian Roberts).


A Clouded Yellow flew west at Seabrook, also 2 Rusty-dot Pearls there (Paul Howe).

August

31st - A Red-backed Shrike and a Swift at Abbotscliffe (Paul Edmondson). A Spotted Flycatcher at Brockhill Country Park (Martin Whybrow). A Spotted Flycatcher, a Redstart, a Whinchat and a Firecrest at Hythe Roughs, a Hobby at Kiln Wood and 3 Spotted Flycatchers at Folks' Wood (Brian Harper).  

Feathered Gothic at Seabrook was new for the year, also a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) (Paul Howe). An Annulet at Round Hill and a Chalk Carpet at Castle Hill were of note (Alfie Gay).

30th - An Arctic Skua, 2 Balearic Shearwaters, 3 Shags, 4 Teal, 5 Dunlin and 23 Gannets flew past Samphire Hoe, also a Wheatear there (Steve Cutt). 2 Grey Herons flew high west over Seabrook (Paul Howe). A probable juvenile Caspian Gull was reported on the beach at Folkestone in the late afternoon, also 10 Ringed Plovers there (Thomas Donegan). A Wheatear at Princes Parade and a Hobby flew in off the sea there (Brian Harper).

A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

29th - An Arctic Skua, a Little Egret and 3 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Barry Woolhouse). A Redstart and 3 Swifts at Abbotscliffe (Paul Edmondson / Mark Kennett). A Whitethroat in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson).

A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

28th - A Willow Warbler, 2 Reed Warblers, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Blackcaps and 5 Whitethroats at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).

A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook, where Frosted Orange was new for the year, also a Large Cone-head cricket there (Paul Howe). A Golden Twin-spot, a Scarce Bordered Straw, a Palpita vitrealis and a Rush Veneer at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

27th - A Ruff at the Willop Sewage Works, a Short-eared Owl at Donkey Street, 2 Wheatears at the Willop Outfall and 5 Wheatears at the Hythe Redoubt (Brian Harper). 3 Wheatears and 3 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (David Mansfield).

A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Latticed Heath and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Golden Twin-spot at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

26th - An Arctic Skua, a Whimbrel, 3 Shags, 14 Common Terns, 16 Gannets and 21 Sandwich Terns flew past Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). A possible Citrine Wagtail in a garden off Cliff Road, Hythe (Geoff Cooke).

Pale-shouldered Cloud at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Portland Ribbon Waves at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts)

Platyptilia gonodactyla at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts)

Light Crimson Underwing at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

25th - 2 Sooty Shearwaters, a  Bar-tailed Godwit, 6 Teal, 15  Ringed Plover and 47 Knot flew past the Willop Outfall (Brian Harper). An Arctic Skua, a Whimbrel, 12 Bar-tailed Godwits and 30 Common Scoter flew west past Copt Point (Ian Roberts).


The Confused at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Dark Sword-grass, 2 Rusty-dot Pearls and 2 Golden Twin-spots at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


24th - 2 Wheatears at Princes Parade (Ian Roberts).


23rd - 2 Tree Pipits, 3 Swifts and 4 Yellow Wagtails flew over Abbotscliffe, also 3 Willow Warblers and 13 Whitethroats there (Mark Kennett). A Ringed Plover, a Little Egret and 700+ Mediterranean Gulls at Copt Point (Martin Collins).


A Golden Twin-spot and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Gypsy Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


22nd - A Balearic Shearwater, a Shag and 4 Swifts flew past Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt).


A Pale-shouldered Cloud at Hythe, where Feathered Ranunculus was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


21st - A Vestal, a Lobesia botrana (European Vine Moth) and 3 Portland Ribbon Waves at Nickolls Quarry, where Mompha propinquella (Marbled Cosmet) and Platyptilia gonodactyla (Triangle Plume) were new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Gypsy Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


20th - A Red Kite, a Marsh Harrier and a Wigeon near Sellindge in the Horton Priory / Cock Ash Lake area (Ian Roberts).


The first modern area record of Light Crimson Underwing at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


19th - 4 Blackcaps and 6 Willow Warblers at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).


A Porter's Rustic and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Portland Ribbon Wave near Dover (Tony Rouse). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Hummingbird Hawk-moth and 2 Golden Twin-spots at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Confirmation has just been received that a Tineid moth trapped at Hythe on the 31st July was Nemapogon inconditella (Pale Devon Clothes Moth) which appears to be only the second British record (following one in Devon in July 1979).

Porter's Rustic at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Portland Ribbon Wave near Dover

(Tony Rouse)

Nemapogon inconditella (Pale Devon Clothes Moth) at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

18th - A Greenshank flew west past Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Wheatear at Cheriton Hill (Alfie Gay).


A Hummingbird Hawk-moth and a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Hythe, where Mirificarma mulinella (Gorse Groundling) was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

Beautiful Marbled at Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

Grayling at Samphire Hoe

(Paul Holt)

Pied Flycatcher at Folkestone

(John Tomlinson)

Zelleria oleastrella at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

17th - A Beautiful Marbled, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Rush Veneer, 2 Golden Twin-spots, 3 Dark Sword-grass and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Samphire Hoe (Kevin Button / Ian Roberts), also a Grayling there during the day (Paul Holt). A Gem, a Gypsy Moth and a Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


16th - 3 Pied Flycatchers in gardens in Folkestone (John Tomlinson / David Featherbe). A Reed Warbler, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Whitethroats and 3 Blackcaps at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, a Common Sandpiper, 13 Sandwich Terns and 28 Gannets at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett / Ian Roberts).


The second area (and county) record of Zelleria oleastrella (Olive Ermel), an Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn), a Golden Twin-spot, 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Golden Twin-spots, 3 Rusty-dot Pearls and 15 Silver Ys at Seabrook, where Six-striped Rustic was new for the year, also another Large Conehead bush-cricket there (Paul Howe). 3 Harbour Porpoises off Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).


15th - A Dusky Hook-tip at Hythe (Sean Clancy). A Rusty-dot Pearl, a Golden Twin-spot, a Dark Sword-grass, 3 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 21 Silver Ys at Seabrook, where Ypsolopha alpella (Barred Smudge) was new for the year (Paul Howe).


14th - A Spotted Flycatcher, 2 Reed Warblers, 4 Blackcaps and 4 Willow Warblers at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Wheatear at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


An Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn), a Rush Veneer, 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 5 Golden Twin-spots at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Dark sword-grass at Seabrook, where Agonopterix purpurea (Small Purple Flat-body) was new for the year and a Large Conehead bush-cricket appears to be the first area record (Paul Howe).


13th - 2 Pied Flycatchers, 3 Whinchats, 5 Willow Warblers, 11 Lesser Whitethroats and 12 Whitethroats at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Pied Flycatcher, a Chiffchaff, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 5 Reed Warblers, 8 Whitethroats and 15 Willow Warblers at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Pied Flycatcher, a Whinchat and 8 Collared Doves at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). A Honey Buzzard at Horn Street, present since the 11th (Paul Howe).


An Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn), a Rest Harrow, a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 5 Golden Twin-spots and 20 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Red Underwing at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). 


12th - A Lesser Whitethroats, 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Blackcaps and 6 Willow Warblers at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Yellow Wagtail flew east and a Whimbrel flew west at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


The first area record of Etiella zinckenella (Legume Knot-horn), an Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn), 2 Golden Twin-spots and 4 Gypsy Moths at Seabrook, where August Thorn was new for the year (Paul Howe). The first modern area record of Marbled Clover and a Golden Twin-spot near Dover (Tony Rouse). A Portland Ribbon Wave at Folkestone (David Jenkins). An Oak Processionary, an Assara terebrella (Dark Spruce Knot-horn), 2 Golden Twin-spots and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Gypsy Moth at Cheriton (Sam & Vincent Lloyd).

Etiella zinckenella at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Marbled Clover near Dover

(Tony Rouse)

Oinophila v-flava at Hythe

(Sean Clancy)

Lobesia botrana at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

11th - A Crossbill flew east at Abbotscliffe, also a Red Kite, 10 Whitethroats and 10 Lesser Whitethroats there (Mark Kennett). A Wheatear at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). 


Oinophila v-flava (Yellow V Moth) at Hythe was a new species for the area (Sean Clancy). A Rush Veneer, a Gypsy Moth, a Rest Harrow, 5 Oak Processionary and 8 Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn) at Seabrook, where the Wormwood, Orange Swift and Svensson's Copper Underwing were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Lobesia botrana (European Vine Moth), an Acrobasis tumidana, an Oak Processionary, a Golden Twin-spot, a Palpita vitrealis, 2 Rush Veneers and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Nickolls Quarry, where Cosmopterix lienigiella (Fen Cosmet), Apotomis lineana (Willow Marble), Orange Swift, Tawny Speckled Pug and Webb's Wainscot were among the additions to the year list, and an Oak Processionary, a Palpita vitrealis, a Rusty-dot Pearl, 4 Acrobasis tumidana and 4 Golden Twin-spots at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Dark Crimson Underwing and a Gypsy Moth at Folkestone (David Jenkins). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Cheriton (Jon Marshall).


10th - 2 Pied Flycatchers, 2 Wheatears, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Willow Warblers and 19 Whitethroats at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).


A Lobesia botrana (European Vine Moth), a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 4 Rusty-dot Pearls and 7 Golden Twin-spots at Hythe, where Cypress Pug was new for the year (Ian Roberts). Small Wainscot was new for the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Gypsy Moth at Folkestone (Mike and Liz Fitch).


9th - A Garden Warbler at Pond Hill Road (Kevin Harding).


Oak Processionary, Golden Twin-spot and White-banded Carpet at Seabrook, where Evergestis extimalis (Marbled Yellow Pearl) was new for the year (Paul Howe).


8th - Lobesia botrana (European Vine Moth) at Seabrook was a new species for the area, also a Golden Twin-spot, a Dotted Footman, a Rest Harrow, 6 Acrobasis tumidana, 8 Gypsy Moths and 13 Oak Processionary there, whilst Toadflax Pug was also new for the year (Paul Howe). A Blair's Mocha, an Oak Processionary, an Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn) and 2 Gypsy Moths at Hythe (Sean Clancy). 2 Gypsy Moths, 5 Oak Processionary and 6 Acrobasis tumidana at Samphire Hoe, where the Annulet and Northern Rustic were among the additions to the year list (Tony Rouse / Fred Butcher).


7th - A Hobby at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Celypha rufana (Lakes Marble), Cochylis dubitana (Little Conch) and Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet at Samphire Hoe were new for the year (Kevin Button).


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). A Golden Twin-spot, 2 Oak Processionary and 2 Gypsy Moths at Seabrook, where Limnaecia phragmitella (Bulrush Cosmet) and Aethes cnicana (Thistle Conch) were new for the year (Paul Howe).


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). An Oak Processionary at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


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).


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