Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 22nd February
The 2019 area bird year list is 117 species (121 species at the same time last year)
The 2018 Folkestone & Hythe Bird Report and 2018 Non-avian Report are now available (click on the links to open the free downloads).

22nd - A Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook where Oak Beauty was new for the year (Paul Howe).

21st - 2 female Blackcaps in a garden in Hythe (Nigel Spencer). A Green Sandpiper and a singing Chiffchaff at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).

18th - Amblyptilia acanthadactyla (Beautiful Plume) at Hythe was new for the year. 

17th - A Great White Egret, a Corn Bunting, 2 Curlew, 6 Redshank, 26 Snipe, 35 Teal and 150 Lapwings at the Willop Basin (Ian Roberts). 

Small Quaker and Agonopterix heracliana (Common Flat-body) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

16th - A Great White Egret, a Little Egret, 4 Snipe and 80 Fieldfares at Donkey Street (Brian Harper). 2 Redshank, 3 Curlew and 50 Teal at the Willop Basin (Ian Roberts).

15th - A Teal, a Siskin, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Stonechats, 9 Buzzards and 46 Meadow Pipits at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


Great White Egret at Donkey Street (Brian Harper)

14th - A Tufted Duck, 2 Stonechats, 2 Siskins, 2 Redpolls and 3 Chiffchaffs at Beachborough Park and 9 Buzzards and 29 Meadow Pipits passed through (Steve Tomlinson). A Tufted Duck, 2 Oystercatchers and 3 Canada Geese at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A pair of Blackcaps in a garden in Folkestone (David Featherbe).
13th - A drake Mandarin Duck on the canal at Hythe between Stade Street bridge and Ladies' Walk (Glenn Tutton). A Purple Sandpiper at the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts). A Water Rail, a Chiffchaff and 2 Stonechats at Beachborough Park and 7 Buzzards and 34 Meadow Pipits passed through (Steve Tomlinson).

12th - Small Brindled Beauty and Hebrew Character at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

11th - A flock of 6 Waxwings at Foord Road (Stephanie Lea). A Shag, 2 Shelduck and 96 Red-throated Divers at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). A Chiffchaff and a Water Rail at Beachborough Park, where 8 Sky Larks, 13 Buzzards and 66 Meadow Pipits flew over (Steve Tomlinson).

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Mandarin Duck at Hythe (Glenn Tutton)

10th - A Marsh Harrier at Botolph's Bridge (Chris Gillard). A Chiffchaff at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Pochard at Folkestone Racecourse, Westenhanger (Brian Harper). 

Pale Brindled Beauty at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Pale Brindled Beauty and Emmelina monodactyla (Common Plume) at Cheriton (Brian Harper) were new for the year.

9th - A Chiffchaff at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 

8th - A Chiffchaff, a Water Rail, a Kingfisher and 3 Tufted Ducks at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

7th - A Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Water Rails and 46 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

6th - A Greylag Goose and 7 Redshank in Folkestone Harbour (Mark Varley). A Kingfisher, 2 Chiffchaffs and 2 Water Rails at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). A Firecrest and a Chiffchaff at Enbrook Park (Kevin Harding).

5th - A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe (Neil Frampton). 2 Little Egrets at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay). A Jack Snipe, a Chiffchaff, 2 Water Rails and 177 Fieldfares at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). 

4th - A Jack Snipe, a Chiffchaff and 2 Water Rails at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).   

3rd - A Firecrest at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt).

1st - A Great Northern Diver at Princes Parade and 3 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe (Chris Gillard).


29th - A Black-throated Diver, a Fulmar, 2 Brent Geese, 8 Razorbills and 52 Red-throated Divers flew past Hythe (Dave Brown). 468 Guillemots, 667 Red-throated Divers and 2,286 Cormorants flew past Seabrook, where a Shag was fishing offshore (Paul Howe). A Golden Plover and 163 Lapwings at Capel-le-Ferne (Mark Kennett). A Little Egret at Botolph's Bridge and 2 Green Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A Water Rail, a Chiffchaff and a Tufted Duck at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

28th - A Firecrest, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Chiffchaffs at Enbrook Park, Sandgate (Kevin Harding). A Water Rail and a Chiffchaff at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

26th - A Great White Egret, a Little Egret, a Corn Bunting and c.280 Lapwings in the Willop sewage works area and a Little Egret at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

25th - A Ring-necked Parakeet flew west over Seabrook this afternoon (Paul Howe). A Woodcock, a Chiffchaff and 46 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

24th - A Jack Snipe, a Water Rail, a Chiffchaff and 3 Woodcock at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

23rd - 53 Brent Geese flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).

22nd - 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite Stade Street (Paul Trodd). 120 Kittiwakes off Seabrook (Paul Howe).

An Early Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

21st - A Great Northern Diver at Mill Point (Brian Harper). A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe, opposite Stade Street (Barry Woolhouse). A Woodcock, a Chiffchaff, a Water Rail and 49 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

20th - A Great White Egret, 4 Stonechats and 280 Lapwings at the Willop Sewage Works (Ian Roberts). A Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone (Mick Vandoen). A Little Owl and a Stonechat at Church Hougham, 2 Ravens and 122 Lapwings at Capel-le-Ferne (Mark Kennett).

19th - A Great Skua, 2 Fulmars, 12 Ringed Plovers and 20 Kittiwakes at Mill Point and a Rock Pipit and 7 Redshank at Folkestone Harbour (Ian Roberts). A Little Egret at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay). A pair of Blackcaps in a garden in Folkestone (David Featherbe). 33 Lapwings at Capel-le-Ferne (Mark Kennett).

2 Grey Seals off Folkestone Pier (Ian Roberts).

18th - A Chiffchaff, a Brent Goose, 2 Shags and 300 Razorbills at Mill Point (Ian Roberts). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe opposite the Hotel Imperial (David Gower).

17th - A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe, opposite Stade Street (Ian Roberts). 2 Chiffchaffs, 18 Fieldfares and 44 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

A Mink at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts).

16th - 2 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

15th - A Great White Egret between Selby Farm and Donkey Street, a Green Sandpiper at Botolph's Bridge and a Shag at Battery Point (Dave Brown), A Red Kite at Folkestone Downs (Paul Holt). 2 Chiffchaffs and 61 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

The first Spring Ushers of the year were trapped at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and at Hythe, where the first Chestnut was also noted (Ian Roberts). 

14th -  30 Fieldfares and 33 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

A Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

13th - A Great White Egret at Donkey Street. 3 Gadwall at Folkestone Racecourse, Westenhanger. A Green Sandpiper and a Marsh Tit at Kiln Wood. A Woodcock and 4 Mandarin at Pedlinge (Brian Harper).

12th - 3,000+ Cormorants flew east past Samphire Hoe (Pete Coleman). A Great Skua off the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts).

11th - 9 Shelduck and 350 Great Crested Grebes off the Willop Outfall, where 2,900 Cormorants flew east (Ian Roberts). A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe (David Scott).

10th - The 
Great Northern Diver again and 6 Shags at Sandgate. A Rock Pipit and 2 Purple Sandpipers at Battery Point. 2 Purple Sandpipers opposite Stade Street, Hythe, also a female Blackcap in a garden in the town. A Green Sandpiper at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper / Bernard Boothroyd). A Water Rail and 2 Chiffchaffs at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

Great Northern Diver at Sandgate

(Ian Roberts)

Shag at Sandgate

(Ian Roberts)

Purple Sandpiper at Hythe

(Ray O'Reilly)

Winter Moth at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

9th - A Great Northern Diver and a Shag at Sandgate (Neil Frampton). A Little Egret, 7 Redshank and 20 Ringed Plover at Folkestone Harbour, where 2 Common Scoter flew past (Mark Varley). A male Blackcap at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

8th - A Great Skua and 2,320 Cormorants off the Willop Outfall, also 4 Sanderling there (Ian Roberts). A Brambling at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

Winter Moths at Folks' Wood (Ian Roberts) and Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.

7th - A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Siskins, 20 Redwings and 205 Mediterranean Gulls at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). A Velvet Scoter flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe). An adult Caspian Gull at Folkestone Harbour and single Shags offshore of Mill Point and Sandgate (Ian Roberts).

A Dark Sword-grass again at Seabrook, where Mottled Umber was new for the year and a Minotaur Beetle and a Buff-tailed Bumblebee were also of note (Paul Howe), with another Buff-tailed Bumblebee at Mill Point (Brian Harper).

Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Dark Arches at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Water Rail at West Hythe

(Brian Harper)

Little Egret at Nickolls Quarry

(Brian Harper)

6th - A Bewick's Swan drifted east past Battery Point, also a Great Northern Diver offshore there and a Little Egret flew west (Paul Howe). A Barn Owl at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Black-throated Diver at Folkestone Harbour (Dave Clarke). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe (Paul Edmondson). A Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Egrets and 2 Water Rails at Nickolls Quarry. A Firecrest at Port Lympne. c.450 Great Crested Grebes off Hythe Ranges/Willop Outfall (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

A Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

5th - A Great Northern Diver off Seabrook at 13:30 (Paul Howe). A Great Skua and 15 Dunlin off Princes Parade (Brian Harper). 2 Siskin, 3 Woodcock, 4 Mandarin and 180 Teal at Chesterfield Wood. 2 Woodcock at Folks' Wood (Ian Roberts). A Purple Sandpiper at Battery Point (Ray O'Reilly). A Little Egret at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay). 

A Dark Arches at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

4th - 4 Shags and 680 Cormorants off Mill Point, where a Great Skua, 3 Teal, 3 Fulmars and 325 auks flew east (Ian Roberts). 1,186 Cormorants flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).

3rd - A Great Northern Diver and 5 Shags off Mill Point, also a Firecrest and 7 Ringed Plovers there and 2 Brent Geese, 75 Red-throated Divers and 350 auks flew east. Adult Caspian Gulls at Hythe Ranges and Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper / Dave Brown). 2 Fulmars at Samphire Hoe (Barry Woolhouse). 22 Siskins and 120 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

2nd - 2 adult Caspian Gulls again at Nickolls Quarry, a Firecrest, a Tufted Duck and 2 Water Rails at West Hythe, 2 Wigeon at Botolph's Bridge, 2 Marsh Tits at Cowtye Wood and 5 Woodcocks at Kiln Wood (Brian Harper). A pair of Blackcaps at Seabrook where 2 Buzzards flew in off the sea (Paul Howe). A Great Skua flew east past Folkestone Pier, a Rock Pipit and 7 Redshanks at Folkestone Harbour and a Firecrest at Mill Point (Ian Roberts). 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Redpolls and 77 Redwings at Beachborough Park, where 61 Siskins flew north (Steve Tomlinson).

The Satellite at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Epiphyas postvittana (Light Brown Apple Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) got the moth year list started.

Great Northern Diver at Mill Point (Ian Roberts)

1st - A Water Pipit, a Great White Egret, a Jack Snipe, a Marsh Harrier, a Golden Plover, a Raven, 2 Curlew, 3 Stonechats, 37 Teal, 71 Snipe and 150 Lapwings in the Donkey Street / Willop Basin area. A Green Sandpiper, 2 adult Caspian Gulls, 2 Little Egrets and 12 Teal at Nickolls Quarry. 2 Firecrests at Pond Hill Road, Cheriton. A Stonechat at Hythe Roughs (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Great Skua off Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins). A Firecrest and a Little Owl at West Hythe (Stephanie Lea). A Little Egret at Copt Point (David Featherbe). A Redwing, 11 Yellowhammers and 16 Sky Larks at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).

A Red Admiral at Nickolls Quarry and a Hare at Donkey Street (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

January to December 2018 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.