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Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 27th June

The 2022 area bird list is 173 species (187 at the same time last year).

27th - Grass Emerald and Dingy Shears at Hythe were new for the year (Ian Roberts), as were the Rustic and a Garden Tiger larva at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


26th - A Dark Tussock and a Bordered Straw at Samphire Hoe, where Six-belted Clearwing was new for the year (Seb Buckton et al.). A Golden Twin-spot at Hythe, where Langmaid's Yellow Underwing was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

Dark Tussock at Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

Golden Twin-spot at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Yarrow Plume at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Nymphula nitidulata at Spring Lane (Brian Harper)

25th - A Delicate at Cheriton, where Scalloped Oak was also new for the year (Brian Harper). Epiblema foenella (White-foot Bell) at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Hedya salicella (White-backed Marble), Scallop Shell, Bordered Beauty, Round-winged Muslin, Four-dotted Footman, the Suspected and Scarce Silver-lines at Gibbin's Brook (Ian Roberts) and Sitochroa palealis (Sulphur Pearl) at Folkestone Warren (Tony Poole) were amongst the other additions to the year list.


24th - A Vestal at Hythe, where Small Seraphim, Small Scallop and Coleophora galbulipennella (Kent Case-bearer) were new for the year (Ian Roberts). July Highflyer, Opostega salaciella (Sorrel Bent-wing), Acleris umbrana (Dark-streaked Button), Gypsonoma oppressana (Poplar Shoot), Anarsia innoxiella (Acer Sober), Spilonota ocellana (Bud Moth), Captoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) and Nymphula nitidulata (Beautiful China-mark) at Spring Lane Cemetery were also new for the year (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). White Satin Moth, Anarsia spartiella (Small Sober), Coleophora galbulipennella, Piniphila bifasciana (Pine Marble) and Gillmeria pallidactyla (Yarrow Plume) were amongst additions at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Sene Park (Geoff Cooke).


23rd - A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Pearly Underwing at Seabrook, where additions to the year list included Red-tipped Clearwing and Striped Wainscot (Paul Howe). A Bordered Straw and a Vestal at Hythe, where Aglossa pinguinalis (Large Tabby) and the Phoenix were among the additions (Ian Roberts).


22nd - A Bordered Straw at Hythe, where Pexicopia malvella (Hollyhock Seed Moth), Celypha cespitana (Thyme Marble), Plumed Fan-foot and Common/Lesser Common Rustic were new for the year (Ian Roberts). Coleophora mayrella (Meadow Case-bearer) and the Dun-bar at Seabrook were also new for the year, and the first adult Brown-tail was noted (Paul Howe). Udea prunalis (Dusky Pearl) at Cheriton (Brian Harper) was a further addition.


21st - A Cuckoo at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). 4 Little Egrets flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Swallow-tail Moth and Dolicharthria punctalis (Long-legged China-mark) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Crambus perlella (Satin Grass-veneer) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.


20th - Yponomeuta cagnagella (Spindle Ermine), Notocelia rosaecolana (Common Rose Bell) and Eudonia mercurella (Small Grey) at Seabrook were new for the year, also 6 Painted Ladies there (Paul Howe).


19th - Achroia grisella (Lesser Wax Moth) at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper).


18th - 40 Swifts at Folkestone (Elliot Ranford).


An Alder Kitten at Hythe was a new species for the area, whilst Aroga velocella (Dusky Groundling) and Parectopa ononidis (Clover Slender) were among the additions to the year list. A Silver Barred and a Vestal at Smallpox Hill on Folkestone Downs, where Sub-angled Wave, Ruddy Carpet, Wood Carpet, Orange Moth, Reddish Light Arches, Bisigna procerella (Kent Tubic) and Anania verbascalis (Golden Pearl) were among the additions there. A Vestal at Hythe Ranges (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Ewan Hamilton). A Rannoch Looper, a Brussels Lace and 4 Portland Ribbon Waves at Folkestone Warren (Andrew Lawson / Andrew Millar / Kevin Button).

Alder Kitten at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Silver Barred at Smallpox Hill

(Brian Harper)

Ruddy Carpet at Smallpox Hill

(Brian Harper)

Pale-shouldered Cloud at Cheriton (Brian Harper)

Cynaeda dentalis at Abbotscliffe

(Tony Poole)

Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet at Abbotscliffe (Tony Poole)

Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Folkestone Warren (Tony Poole)

Currant Clearwing at Sellindge

(Derek Smith)

17th - Additions to the moth year list included Barred Straw, Buff Arches and Dusky Brocade at Cheriton (Brian Harper), Celypha rufana (Lakes Marble) and Orange-tailed Clearwing at Hythe and Brachmia inornatella (Fen Crest), Anania perlucidalis (Fenland Pearl), Anania crocealis (Ochreous Pearl), Ostrinia nubilalis (European Corn-borer) and Dusky Brocade at the Willop Basin (Ian Roberts), Currant Clearwing at Sellindge (Derek Smith) and Cynaeda dentails (Starry Pearl) and Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet at Abbotscliffe (Tony Poole).


16th - A Pale-shouldered Cloud at Cheriton, where Blue-bordered Carpet and Crambus pascuella (Inlaid Grass-veneer) were new for the year. Obscure Wainscot, Aethes beatricella (Hemlock Yellow Conch) and Euzophera pingus (Ash-bark Knot-horn) at Hythe were further additions to the year list, whilst at least one Hummingbird Hawk-moth was at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts / Tony Poole).


15th - 3 Yellow Wagtails along Burmarsh Road (John Thompson).


Hornet Moth at Cinderella Farm, Palmarsh (Ian Roberts) and the Gem and Bird's Wing at Cheriton were new for the year, also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth in Folkestone (Brian Harper). .

Honey Buzzard at Samphire Hoe (Michael Smith)

Honey Buzzard at Samphire Hoe

(Michael Smith)

Hornet Moth at Cinderella Farm

(Ian Roberts)

Eriocrania sparrmannella on Birch at Gibbin's Brook (Ian Roberts)

14th - A Honey Buzzard at Samphire Hoe (Michael Smith).


Additions to the moth year list included Archips xylosteana (Variegated Golden Tortrix), Epinotia abbreviana (Brown Elm Bell), Barred Yellow, Common Emerald, Clouded Brindle and Shoulder-striped Wainscot at West Hythe (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


13th - A Red Kite flew over Seabrook (Martin Whybrow). A Black Redstart singing at Dollands Moor, near Frogholt (Ian Roberts).


The first Ringlet of the year at Folkestone Downs (Brian Adams). New moths for the year included Capperia britanniodactylus (Wood Sage Plume) at Hythe and Argyresthia albistria (Purple Argent) at Bargrove (Ian Roberts).


12th - Additions to the moth year list included Neofriseria peliella (White-spot Groundling) and Haworth's Pug at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Ditula angustoriana (Red-barred Tortrix) at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and Tinagma ocnerostomella (Bugloss Spear-wing), Synaphe punctalis (Long-legged Tabby) and Small Ranunculus at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Buttoned Snout at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Evergestis extimalis at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Large Skipper at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole)

Holly Blue at Folkestone Downs

(Tony Poole)

Phyllonorycter esperella on Hornbeam at Kiln Wood (Ian Roberts)

Parornix betulae on Birch at Kiln Wood (Ian Roberts)

Stigmella lapponica on Birch at Kiln Wood (Ian Roberts)

Stigmella plagicolella on Blackthorn at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

Ancylis obtusana at Folks' Wood

(Ian Roberts)

Pammene germmana at Folks' Wood (Ian Roberts)

White Spot at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Dark Sword-grass at Folks' Wood (Brian Harper)

11th - Additions to the moth year list included Rest Harrow, Buttoned Snout, Batia lambdella (Greater Tawny Tubic), Enarmonia formosana (Cherry-bark Tortrix), Evergestis extimalis (Marbled Yellow Pearl) and Galleria mellonella (Wax Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe), the Clay at Cheriton (Brian Harper), Galium Carpet at Hythe, where a White Spot was also of note, and Nemaphora degeerella (Yellow-barred Long-horn) at Kiln Wood (Ian Roberts). The first Marbled White and Small Skipper of the year were seen at Folkestone Downs, where Clouded Buff was also of note (Tony Poole).

Striped Hawk-moth at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Bordered Straw at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Pale-shouldered Cloud at Cheriton (Brian Harper)

Great Black-backed Gull with chicks at Park Farm (Ian Roberts)

10th - A Common Sandpiper at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Anclylis obtusana (Small Buckthorn Roller) at Folks' Wood was a new species for the area, whilst additions to the year list there included Dark Sword-grass, Four-spotted Footman, Red-necked Footman, Pammene germanna (Black Piercer), Epinotia subocellana (White Sallow Bell), Teleiodes luculella (Crescent Groundling), Spatalistis bifasciana (Small Purple Button), Ancylis dimuntana (Small Festooned Roller) and Assara terebrella (Dark Spruce Knot-horn) (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Striped Hawk-moth at Hythe was also new for the year, as were Varied Coronet and Notocelia uddmanniana (Bramble Shoot Moth) at Cheriton (Brian Harper).


9th - A Red Kite flew west over Cheriton (Brian Harper).


A Rush Veneer, a Silver Y and 2 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton, where Elephant Hawk-moth and Riband Wave were new for the year (Brian Harper). A Rush Veneer, a Rusty-dot Pearl, 3 Silver Ys and 3 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Parapoynx stratiotata (Ringed China-mark) and Acrobasis marmorea (Marbled Knot-horn) were new for the year, as were Platytes cerussella (Little Grass-veneer), Dichrorampha alpinana (Broad-blotch Drill) and mines of Acrocercops brongniardella (Brown Oak Slender) at Fisherman's Beach, Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Broken-barred Carpet and Rhopobota naevana (Holly Tortrix) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth in a garden in Cheriton (Chris Gillard).


7th - A male Golden Oriole reported along Stone Street, near Stanford North in the evening (Philip Hutchinson). A Black Redstart at Abbotscliffe (Rob Rackcliffe).


6th - A Greenshank at Pent Farm (Debbie Reynolds).


Evergestis limbata (Dark-bordered Pearl) and Double Square-spot at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Currant Pug at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and Clancy's Rustic at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.


5th - A Pale-shouldered Cloud and 4 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton, where Light Arches was new for the year (Brian Harper). There appeared to have been a large overnight arrival of Tortrix viridana (Green Oak Tortrix), with 622 at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and 160 at Hythe, where Pearly Underwing was also of note (Ian Roberts).


4th - The Miller at Seabrook was new for the year, whilst an arrival of 274 Tortrix viridana (Green Oak Tortrix) was also of note (Paul Howe).


3rd - A Corn Bunting at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).


A Bordered Straw at Cheriton. Green Arches, Beautiful Golden Y and Anania lancealis (Long-winged Pearl) at Horn Street (Brian Harper), Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Capel-le-Ferne (Tony Poole) and Ethmia terminella (Five-spot Ermel) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were amongst the additions to the moth year list.

2nd - No sign of the Marsh Warbler at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett / Ian Roberts). A pair of Spotted Flycatchers at Bartholomew's Wood (Brian Harper). A Whimbrel at Hythe Ranges (Sean McMinn).


A Dusky Hook-tip and a Bordered Straw at Seabrook, where Narycia duplicella (White-speckled Bagwom) was a new species for the area and Telechrysis tripuncta (Treble-spot Tubic) was new for the year (Paul Howe). Brown Rustic at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and the Shark and Metalampra italica (Italian Tubic) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were further additions. The first Meadow Brown of the year was seen at Folkestone Downs (Owen Leyshon).


1st - A Marsh Warbler and a Hobby at Abbotscliffe, where a Yellow Wagtail flew east and 3 Sand Martins arrived in off the sea (Mark Kennett).


Privet Hawk-moth at Hythe, Homoesoma sinuella (Twin-barred Knot-horn) at Hythe Ranges and Coleophora hemerobiella (Black-stigma Case-bearer) at Castle Hill (Ian Roberts) were amongst the additions to the year list. 

Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Capel-le-Ferne (Tony Poole)

Narycia duplicella at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Telechrysis tripuncta at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Whitethroat at Capel-le-Ferne

(Tony Poole)

January to May 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