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Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 19th January

The 2022 area bird list is 112 species (115 at the same time last year)

19th - 52 Lapwings at Capel-le-Ferne (Mark Kennett).


A Red Admiral in central Folkestone (John Tomlinson).


18th - A Barn Owl, a Little Owl, a Stonechat, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Chiffchaffs at West Hythe dam, where a female Marsh Harrier and 4 Little Egrets flew east (Dylan Wrathall). A Little Owl at Selby Farm, 5 Sanderling at the Willop Outfall and 2 Shelduck and 2 Gadwall at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


A Badger and a Fox at West Hythe (Dylan Wrathall).


17th - A Red Admiral at Cheriton was new for the year (Tony Poole / Ewan Hamilton).


16th - The Dartford Warbler, a Black Redstart and 9 Stonechats at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt / Mark Kennett). A Marsh Tit at Folkestone Rugby Club (David Featherbe). A Great White Egret at Donkey Street (Neil Burt).


15th - A Firecrest at Mill Point (Ian Roberts).


14th - A male Blackcap in a garden in Lympne (Phil Sharp).


13th - A Water Rail, 2 Shoveler and 40 Teal at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts). 62 Gannets feeding off Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Barn Owl, a Greylag Goose, a Stonechat and 7 Little Egrets at the West Hythe dam (Dylan Wrathall).


A Mink and a Badger at West Hythe (Dylan Wrathall).


12th - The Dartford Warbler and 4 Fulmars at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt / Barry Woolhouse). A Barn Owl, a Chiffchaff, a Little Egret and 7 Song Thrushes at the Aldergate Bridge (Dylan Wrathall). A female Blackcap in a garden in Hythe (Ian Roberts).


Pale Brindled Beauty and Winter Moth at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).


11th - 370 Mediterranean Gulls on the golf course by the Hotel Imperial (Sean McMinn).


10th - A Great Northern Diver flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).


9th - The Dartford Warbler again at Samphire Hoe (per Martin Collins). The Snow Bunting still at Folkestone Harbour, at the eastern end of the car park near the orange house (Rich Bonser). A Mandarin Duck at the Willop Basin. c.50 Golden Plovers and c.420 Lapwings along the Lower Wall Road (Ian Roberts).


A Small Tortoiseshell at Sellindge (Derek Smith).

8th - The Snow Bunting still at Folkestone Harbour (Keith Privett). A Shoveler, a Fieldfare, 19 Greylag Geese and 21 Snipe at Folkestone Racecourse, Westenhanger (Brian Harper).


7th - The Snow Bunting still at Folkestone Harbour (David Todd). 79 Siskins at Chesterfield Wood (Ian Roberts). 32 Lapwings at Capel-le-Ferne (Mark Kennett).


6th - A Great White Egret, a Little Egret, a Barn Owl, 2 Fieldfares, 5 Teal, 6 Redwings and 23 Song Thrushes at the West Hythe dam (Dylan Wrathall). A male Marsh Harrier along the Lower Wall Road (Dave Brown). The Snow Bunting still at Folkestone Harbour (Tony Poole).


A Badger at West Hythe dam (Dylan Wrathall).


5th - An Oystercatcher, 11 Sanderling and 30 Turnstone at the Willop Outfall. 2 Tufted Ducks, 16 Lapwings and 40 Siskins in the Horton Priory/Cock Ash Lake area. A Firecrest at Enbrook Park (Ian Roberts). The Snow Bunting at Folkestone Harbour, 2 Woodcock at Kiln Wood. 20 Lapwings at Hillhurst Farm, Westenhanger (Brian Harper).

4th - 13 Redwings flew in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Little Egret at Jock's Pitch off Wear Bay Road (Elliot Ranford).


A Silver Y at Saltwood (Sean Clancy) and Mottled Umbers at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.


3rd - The Snow Bunting, a Shag, a Fulmar, a Mute Swan, 2 Rock Pipits and 60 Great Crested Grebes in the Folkestone Harbour area (Elliot Ranford / David Featherbe). A drake Wigeon flew west past Samphire Hoe, also a Black Redstart there (Mark Kennett / per RBA). 4 Goosanders, 2 Little Egrets, 2 Fieldfares, 13 Redwings and 130 Mediterranean Gulls at the West Hythe dam (Dylan Wrathall).


2nd - A Glaucous Gull flew west at Folkestone Sunny Sands (Phil Smith). A Snow Bunting, a Purple Sandpiper, a Shag, a Rock Pipit and 6 Redshanks at Folkestone Harbour, 17 Ringed Plover on Folkestone Beach and a Fulmar, 20 Guillemots and 70 Great Crested Grebes off Folkestone Pier (Elliot Ranford / Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite the Hotel Imperial (Chris Gillard). A male Blackcap in a garden in central Folkestone (John Tomlinson).


An Euchromius ocellea (Necklace Veneer) at Saltwood was a new moth for the area (Sean Clancy).

Snow Bunting at Folkestone Harbour (Ian Roberts)

Jack Snipe at the Willop Basin (Brian Harper)

1st - A Great White Egret, a Chiffchaff, a Shoveler, 2 Gadwall, 2 Jack Snipe, 3 Golden Plovers, 5 Little Egrets, 9 Tree Sparrows, c.20 Corn Buntings, 22 Snipe, 30 Lapwings and 120+ Teal in the Donkey Street/Willop Sewer area. A Wigeon, 3 Teal and 95 Brent Geese flew east past Princes Parade. A Water Rail, 2 Pochard, 4 Greylag Geese and 12 Canada Geese at Nickolls Quarry. 50 Common Scoter off the Dymchurch Redoubt (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 3 Little Egrets at Samphire Hoe, where 104 Brent Geese flew east (Mark Kennett). A Brent Goose flew in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Peacock at Donkey Street (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts) and a Small Tortoiseshell near Round Hill (Nate Moss).

January to December 2021 sightings have been archived - click on the links for the review of bird sightings or moth, butterfly and other sightings in 2021 to date.


For the reviews of sightings in 2020 and earlier years click on: Annual Reports