Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 18th March
The 2019 area bird year list is 127 species (135 species at the same time last year)

18th - A Barn Owl at Nickolls Quarry. A Firecrest at Abbotscliffe, where a Reed Bunting, 2 Siskins, 26 Golden Plovers and 37 Meadow Pipits flew over (Ian Roberts). A Pair of Ravens at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A very early Clouded Yellow at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins), whilst Pale Pinion at Seabrook was also new for the year (Paul Howe).

Barn Owl at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts)

Pale Pinion at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

17th - 2 Barn Owls at Botolph's Bridge. A Firecrest and 2 Marsh Tits at Bargrove Wood (Brian Harper). A Great White Egret, a Raven, 2 Curlew, 27 Snipe and 37 Teal in the Donkey Street/Willop Basin area. A Green Sandpiper and 2 Firecrests at Nickolls Quarry, where 2 Greylag Geese flew east (Ian Roberts). A Woodcock found dead on Hillcrest Road, Saltwood (Colin Green).


15th - A Purple Sandpiper, a Chiffchaff and 3 Sandwich Terns at Hythe (Sean McMinn).


14th - A Firecrest at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


Acrolepia autumnitella (Bittersweet Smudge) at Seabrook was new for the year, also a Red Admiral there (Paul Howe).


12th - 40 Common Scoter and 70 Brent Geese flew east past Hythe / Mill Point and 21 Meadow Pipits arrived in off the sea (Dave Brown / Ian Roberts).


11th - 60+ Great Crested Grebes off Folkestone Harbour (Mark Varley).


10th - The first 2 Sand Martins of the year flew through Hythe (Sean McMinn). A Great Northern Diver, a Sandwich Tern, 31 Kittiwakes and 55 Gannets flew past Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt).


Lead-coloured Drab, Shoulder Stripe, Engrailed, Brindled Pug, Ypsolopha ustella (Variable Smudge) and Acleris notana (Rusty Birch Button) at Paraker Wood and Tawny Pinion at Hythe were new for the year (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


9th - 4 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite Stade Street (Sean McMinn). A Marsh Harrier at Botolph's Bridge and 2 Greylag Geese and 15 Fieldfares at Folkestone Racecourse (Brian Harper).


8th - 5 Siskins flew in/east at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).


Dahlica inconspicuella (Lesser Lichen Bagworm) at Abbotscliffe was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Harbour Porpoise off Samphire Hoe (Mark Varley) and another washed ashore on Sandgate Beach (Colin Green).

Dahlica inconspicuella at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts)

White Wagtail at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins)

6th - Strong onshore winds meant that the focus of the day was on the sea where a Red-breasted Merganser, 2 Eider and 355 Brent Geese flew east past Mill Point (Brian Harper), 66 Brent Geese flew east past Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett) and 2 Sandwich Terns and 4 Fulmars flew east past Hythe (Dave Brown).


5th - A flock of 11 Buzzards flew west over Hythe (Sean McMinn).


4th - A Merlin, a Water Rail, 2 Tufted Ducks and 4 Chiffchaffs at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). A Green Sandpiper at Botolph's Bridge and a Purple Sandpiper at Hythe opposite Stade Street, whilst 2 Siskins flew over Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A Little Egret below Abbotscliffe, 2 Chiffchaffs at Enbrook Park, 4 Redshank and 50 Great Crested Grebes at Folkestone Harbour and 50 Gannets off Sandgate (Kevin Harding). A Kestrel flew in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


3rd - A Black Redstart at Folkestone Rugby Club (Owen Leyshon).


2nd - The first Swallow of the year was seen at Hythe (Katharine Daniells). The first 8 Sandwich Terns of the year flew past Mill Point/Sandgate, as did 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 10 Fulmars, 61 Red-throated Divers, 380 Gannets. A Great White Egret and a Peregrine at Donkey Street. A male Blackcap singing at Hythe (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A White Wagtail at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins).


Grey-shoulder Knot at Hythe and Peene, and Diurnea fagella (March Tubic) at Hythe were new for the year (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


1st - 124 Brent Geese flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Early Thorn, Twin-spotted Quaker and Clouded Drab at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).


January to February 2019 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.


The 2018 Folkestone & Hythe Bird Report and 2018 Non-avian Report are available as free downloads (by clicking on the links).