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Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 24th May

The 2022 area bird list is 171 species (185 at the same time last year).

24th - 4 Red Kites flew over Cheriton (Brian Harper).


A Portland Ribbon Wave and 5 Silver Ys at Seabrook (Paul Howe). Dark Arches at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper).


23rd - A Black-winged Stilt flew south-west over Hythe at 23:35 (Sean McMinn). Another late migrant Reed Warbler singing at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).


A Bordered Straw and a Rush Veneer at Hythe, where L-album Wainscot, the Uncertain, Eudonia lacustrata (Little Grey) and Bryotropha domestica (House Groundling) were new for the year (Ian Roberts). Cream-bordered Green Pea, Lozotaenia forsterana (Large Ivy Twist) and Anania hortulata (Small Magpie) at Seabrook were also added to the year list (Paul Howe).


22nd - A Turtle Dove reported at "Hythe at the Royal Military Canal" (per RBA).


A Portland Ribbon Wave at Seabrook, where a Painted Lady flew east and Agonopterix arenella (Brindled Flat-body) was new for the year (Paul Howe). Other additions to the moth year list comprised Yellow Shell and Scrobipalpa ocellatella (Beet Moth) at Abbotscliffe and Argyresthia spinosella (Blackthorn Argent) at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 


20th - A late migrant Reed Warbler singing at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). 4 Mute Swans on the sea off Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Bordered Sallow at Samphire Hoe (Andrew Lipczynski), Setaceous Hebrew Character, Scoparia pyralella (Meadow Grey) and Celypha striana (Barred Marble) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Chrysoteuchia culmella (Garden Grass-veneer) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.


19th - A Golden Oriole near Hill's Reservoir on Crete Road West at 11:20 before it flew north, also a Spotted Flycatcher and a Garden Warbler there (Rob Rackliffe). A Cuckoo and a Corn Bunting at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).


Beautiful Hook-tip and the Sycamore at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Cydia pomonella (Codling Moth), Purple Bar and Figure of Eighty at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year. A Painted Lady at Cheriton (Tony Poole).


18th - A Cetti's Warbler at Palmarsh (Colin Green).


The first area record of Agonopterix curvipunctosa (Powdered Flat-body), a Hoary Footman and 2 Portland Ribbon Waves at Saltwood (Sean Clancy). A Hoary Footman at Seabrook, where Poplar Lutestring and Pinion-streaked Snout were among the additions to the year list (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe, whilst Satin Lutestring and Scorched Wing at Gibbin's Brook were among further new species for the year (Ian Roberts).

Agonopterix curvipunctosa at Saltwood (Sean Clancy)

Corn Bunting at Abbotscliffe

(Ian Roberts)

Great Black-backed Gull at Park Farm, Folkestone (Ian Roberts)

Fox cubs at Abbotscliffe

(Elliot Ranford)

17th - An Osprey fishing offshore between the Willop Outfall and Dymchurch before it flew inland (Paul Apps). A Siskin flew over Abbotscliffe, also 2 Corn Buntings there. A pair of Great Black-backed Gulls are nesting at the Park Farm industrial estate - the first instance locally (Ian Roberts). 5 Mute Swans on the sea off Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Cypress Carpet at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Burnet Companion at Castle Hill (Alfie Gay) and Crambus lathoniellus (Hook-streak Grass-veneer) at Abbotscliffe and Sugarloaf Hill (Ian Roberts) were among the additions to the moth year list, whilst the first Painted Ladies were seen at Abbotscliffe, Castle Hill and Peene Quarry.


16th - A Tree Pipit, a Wheatear, a Yellow Wagtail, a Red Kite, 2 Siskins, 4 Corn Buntings and 14 Whitethroats at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Hobby hunting over the canal at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Nemapogon cloacella (Cork Moth), Argyresthia semifusca (Brown Rowan Argent), Epinotia tedella (Common Spruce Bell), Dichrorampha plumbana (Lead-coloured Drill) and Small Square-spot at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Aethes smeathmanniana (Yarrow Conch) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were among the additions to the moth year list.

Broad-bodied Chaser at Folks' Wood (Phil Sharp)

Brown Argus at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole)

Small Angle Shades at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Burnished Brass at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

15th - Small Angle Shades, Burnished Brass, Hedya pruniana (Plum Tortrix) and Psyche casta (Common Bagworm) at Seabrook, Common Carpet and Dark Spectacle at Hythe, Pterophorus pentadactyla (White Plume) at Peene Quarry and Ethmia quadrillella (Comfrey Ermel) and Glyphipterix simpliciella (Cocksfoot Moth) at Etchinghill were new for the year (Ian Roberts).


14th - A Hoopoe reported in a garden at Atkinson Road, Hawkinge, CT18 7SB (per RBA). A Wheatear and 2 Lesser Whitethroats at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). 5 Corn Buntings at Abbotscliffe, where 7 Swallows flew in off the sea (Elliot Ranford / Ian Roberts).


Large Skipper at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith), Brown Argus and Mother Shipton at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole), Pale Oak Beauty at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Prays fraxinella (Dark Ash Bud Moth) at Hythe and Anthophila fabriciana (Common Nettle-tap) at Bartholomew's Wood (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.


13th - 3 Hobbies at Folks' Wood (Phil Sharp).


A Broad-bodied Chaser at Folks' Wood, where 5 Wall butterflies were of note (Phil Sharp). Lobesia littoralis (Shore Marble) at Botolph's Bridge Road was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


12th - Large Yellow Underwing at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Common Swift at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.


11th - A Portland Ribbon Wave at Cheriton (Brian Harper). Light Emerald at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Vine's Rustic and Elachista argentella (Swan-feather Dwarf) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were also new for the year.

Common Sandpiper at Samphire Hoe

(Elliot Ranford)

Portland Ribbon Wave at Cheriton (Brian Harper)

Small Blue at Folkestone Warren (Tony Poole)

Green Hairstreak at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole)

10th - A Dewick's Plusia at Hythe, where Marbled Coronet and the Campion were new for the year (Ian Roberts). Yellow Belle, Lobster Moth and Agonopterix purpurea (Small Purple Flat-body) were among the additions to the year list at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


9th - A Great White Egret, a Pomarine Skua, 2 Little Terns, 2 Turnstones, 4 Sanderlings, 5 Oystercatchers, 12 Shelducks, 18 Whimbrels and 149 Black-headed Gulls flew east past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). 5 Whimbrel, 5 Oystercatchers and 6 Dunlin flew east past Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). 4 Swifts at Hythe (Bruce Findlay) and 30 Swifts at Folkestone (Elliot Ranford). 5 Buzzards flew high to the west over Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Lace Border at Folkestone Warren was new for the year, with Small Blue, Adonis Blue, Dingy Skipper and Green Hairstreak also of note (Alfie Gay).


8th - A Little Ringed Plover at Nickolls Quarry, 2 Egyptian Geese at Cock Ash Lake and a Firecrest at the American Garden (Ian Roberts). 3 Whimbrel, 5 Brent Geese and 38 Bar-tailed Godwit flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Common Sandpiper and 6 House Martins there (Mark Kennett / Elliot Ranford).


A Pale-shouldered Cloud at Cheriton, where Ruby Tiger was new for the year (Brian Harper). Mines of Paracrania chrysolepidella (Small Hazel Purple) at Garden House Orchards were only the second local record (Ian Roberts).


7th - There were numerous additions to the moth year list including Lobesia reliquana (Oak Marble), Cryptoblabes bistriga (Double-striped Knot-horn) and Scalloped Hazel at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Cryptoblabes bistriga, Dusky Hook-tip, Dingy Shell, the Seraphim, Tawny-barred Angle, Lunar Thorn, Brindled White-spot and Grey Birch at Saltwood, and Cryptic Fern at Folkestone Warren (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


6th - A Red Kite and 2 Hobbies at Lympne and a Cuckoo at Botolph's Bridge (Phil Sharp). 2 Shelduck flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


5th - A Whinchat, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Wheatears and 3 Corn Buntings at Abbotscliffe, where a Red Kite flew west and a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Sand Martins and 23 Swallows arrived in off the sea (Ian Roberts). 2 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith).


Poplar Grey at Cheriton (Brian Harper), Iron Prominent at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Speckled Yellow and Elachista subocellea (Brown-barred Dwarf) at Capel-le-Ferne and Pyrausta aurata (Small Purple & Gold) and mines of Mompha miscella (Brown Cosmet) at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year. 

Whinchat at Abbotscliffe

(Ian Roberts)

Corn Bunting at Abbotscliffe

(Ian Roberts)

Wheatear at Abbotscliffe

(Ian Roberts)

The Mocha at Spring Lane

(Brian Harper)

4th - A Wheatear, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Common Sandpipers at 6 Whitethroats at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). 3 Swallows flew in off the sea at Mill Point and the Nightingale was still singing at Thorn Wood, Postling Wents - click here to listen to a recording (Ian Roberts).


A Dewick's Plusia at Seabrook (Paul Howe), a Satin Wave at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and a Nephopterix angustella (Spindle Knot-horn) at Cheriton (Brian Harper) were new for the year.

Dewick's Plusia at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Pammene argyrana at Spring Lane (Brian Harper)

Alder Moth at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Small White Wave at Spring Lane

(Brian Harper)

3rd - A Nightingale at Thorn Wood, Postling Wents (Mark Kennett). 2 Corn Buntings and 29 Swallows at Abbotscliffe and a Wheatear at Mill Point (Ian Roberts). A Black Redstart at Palmarsh (Colin Green).


Pammene argyrana (Black-bordered Piercer) at Spring Lane was a new moth for the area, whilst other additions to the year list there included Acleris literana (Lichen Button), the Mocha, Clay Triple-lines and Alder Moth (Brian Harper). Alder Moth was also trapped at Seabrook, where further additions included Freyer's Pug.


2nd - A Ring Ouzel, a Common Sandpiper, a Wheatear and 20 House Martins at Samphire Hoe, where 4 Shelducks flew east. A Yellow Wagtail, a Sand Martin, a Red-legged Partridge and 21 Swallows at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett / Barry Woolhouse / Paul Holt / Martin Collins). A Swift at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper). 2 Lesser Whitethroats at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


Oak-tree Pug, Small White Wave, Clouded Border, Buff-tip and Depressaria radiella (Parsnip Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and White-spotted Pug, Buff-tip, Treble Lines, Callisto denticulella (Garden Apple Slender) and Evergestis forficalis (Garden Pebble) at Cheriton (Brian Harper) were new for the year, also a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook was of note.


1st - A Cuckoo at Botolph's Bridge was new for the year (Phil Sharp). A Whimbrel and 3 Oystercatchers flew past Hythe (Glenn Tutton). 2 Red Kites at Pent Farm (Debbie Reynolds).


Spruce Carpet at Cheriton (Brian Harper) was new for the year.


2021 Annual Reports

The 2021 Folkestone & Hythe Bird Report and the 2021 Review of Butterfly, Moth and other Natural History sightings are now available as free downloads by clicking on the images opposite: 




January to April 2022 sightings have been archived - click on the links for the review of bird sightings or moth, butterfly and other sightings in 2022 to date.


For the reviews of sightings in 2021 and earlier years click on: Annual Reports