Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 23rd November
The 2020 area bird year list is 200 species (190 species at the same time last year)

23rd - 3 Snow Buntings flew west at Abbotscliffe, also a Firecrest, a Siskin and 36 Skylarks there and 410 Starlings arrived in off the sea (Mark Kennett).


22nd - A Fulmar, a Little Egret, a Razorbill, 4 Common Scoter and 100 Gannets at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).


A Dark Sword-grass, 2 Silver Ys and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Rusty-dot Pearl and 2 Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


19th - 2 Ravens, 3 Redpolls and 9 Crossbills at Lympne (Phil Sharp). 2 Sandwich Terns off Hythe (Ian Roberts).


17th - A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


16th - 3 Goosanders at West Hythe dam (Brian Harper). A Sandwich Tern and 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite the Imperial Hotel (Neil Frampton). A Curlew flew west past Samphire Hoe, also a Brent Goose, a Little Egret and a Black Restart there (Mark Kennett). A male Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson). 2 Redpolls flew west at Hythe, 2 Siskins and 3 Redpolls at Kiln Wood, and 8 Sanderling and 110 Lapwing at the Willop Basin, also 70 Common Scoter offshore (Ian Roberts).


2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


15th - 3 Goosanders at Botolph's Bridge. 2 Dunlin and 140 Lapwing at the Willop Basin (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


The Sprawler at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


14th - The Glaucous Gull again at the seafront at Hythe, opposite the Stade Court Hotel, also 2 Purple Sandpipers on the beach there. A Sandwich Tern and 2 Purple Sandpipers at Folkestone Harbour, on the East Pier (Ian Roberts). 


An Oak Rustic at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


13th - A Glaucous Gull off the seafront at Hythe, also 2 Purple Sandpipers opposite the Stade Court Hotel (Sean McMinn). 25 Kittiwakes and 100 Gannets flew west past Princes Parade. A Pochard and 2 Gadwall at Folkestone Racecourse, Westenhanger (Ian Roberts). A Firecrest in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson).


2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Glaucous Gull at Hythe

(Sean McMinn)

Glaucous Gull at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Barnacle Geese at Hythe (Glenn Tutton)

12th - 3 Little Egrets at West Hythe (Dave Brown).


2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


11th - 9 Barnacle Geese flew west past Hythe (Glenn Tutton). A Black Redstart, a Brent Goose and a Little Egret at Samphire Hoe, where 11 Common Scoter flew west (Mark Kennett).


A Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer) and 6 Rusty-dot Pearls (Olive-tree Pearls) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


10th - A Firecrest at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 5 Brent Geese flew east at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


2 Radford's Flame Shoulders, an Oak Rustic, a Rush Veneer and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Radford's Flame Shoulder, 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Rush Veneer, 5 Silver Ys and 20 Rusty-dot Pearls at Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse). 4 Palpita vitrealis and 7 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


9th - A Pink-footed Goose flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Great White Egret and 2 Goosanders at West Hythe dam. 3 Corn Buntings at the Willop Sewage Works. A Sandwich Tern, a Tufted Duck, 2 Teal, 5 Razorbills and 10 Wigeon off the Hythe Redoubt. 13 Ringed Plovers at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts). 10+ Brambling flew north over Lympne (Phil Sharp). A Reed Bunting at Princes Parade (Ralph Thorogood)


A Red-headed Chestnut, a Radford's Flame-shoulder, 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 20 Rusty-dot Pearls at Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse). A Red-headed Chestnut, a Rush Veneer, 2 Palpita vitrealis and 5 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Caloptilia honoratella (Pale Maple Slender), an Oak Rustic, a Rusty-dot Pearl and 4 Palpita vitrealis at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Golden Twin-spot, 8 Silver Ys, 16 Rusty-dot Pearls and 33 Palpita vitrealis at Hythe/Saltwood (Sean Clancy). 5 Palpita vitrealis and 21 Silver Ys at Folkestone (Cathy Hearsey). Acleris umbrana (Dark-streaked Button) at Saltwood was new for the year, also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth there (Colin Dunster). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth in Tesco, Cheriton (Ralph Thorogood).

Red-headed Chestnut and Radford's Flame Shoulder at Samphire Hoe

(Tony Rouse)

Red-headed Chestnut at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Great White Egret at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts)

Goosander at West Hythe

(Dylan Wrathall)

8th - A Pink-footed Goose, a Firecrest, a Shag, a Black Redstart and a Grey Wagtail at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). 2 Goosanders, a Little Egret, a Little Grebe, 2 Grey Wagtails and 3+ Kingfishers at West Hythe (Dylan Wrathall). A Ring Ouzel, 2 Corn Buntings and 2 Swallows at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). A Stonechat at Nickolls Quarry, where a Crossbill flew over (Roger Norman).


A Rush Veneer and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe). An Oak Rustic and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Noctule at West Hythe (Dylan Wrathall). Several Red Admirals have been noted recently.


7th - A Great White Egret, a Little Egret, a Green Sandpiper and a Swallow at Botolph's Bridge, with presumably the same Great White Egret later at Selby Farm. A Water Pipit at Donkey Street. 3 Jack Snipe, 50 Teal, 65 Snipe and 92 Lapwings at the Willop Basin. A Water Rail, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Goldcrests and 2 Stonechats at Nickolls Quarry, where 2 Redpolls and 3 Siskins flew east. A Grey Wagtail, 2 Firecrests and 12+ Goldcrests at Enbrook Park. A Firecrest and 15 Goldcrests along the canal by Hythe Roughs. 2 Sandwich Terns off the Dymchurch Redoubt (Brian Harper / Chris Gillard / Ian Roberts / Roger Norman). A Firecrest trapped and ringed in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson). 2 Rock Pipits at Sunny Sands, Folkestone (Alistair Mackay).


A Caloptilia honoratella (Pale Maple Slender) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Clouded Yellow at Round Hill (John Tomlinson). A Rusty-dot Pearl at the Willop Basin and up to 3 Hares in the Willop / Donkey Street area (Brian Harper / Chris Gillard / Ian Roberts).

Purple Sandpiper at Hythe
(Elliot Ranford)

Swallow at Botolph's Bridge

(Ian Roberts)

Marsh Tit at Chesterfield Wood

(Ian Roberts)

Hare at Donkey Street

(Ian Roberts)

6th - A Yellow-browed Warbler, a Firecrest, a Black Redstart, a Blackcap and 10 Goldcrests at Samphire Hoe, where 70 Siskins and 120 Goldfinches flew over (Ian Roberts) and a Marsh Harrier flew out to sea in the afternoon, when a Little Egret was also noted (Mark Kennett). A Little Egret flew east at Hythe (Bruce Findlay). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite the Hotel Imperial (Elliot Ranford).


Scarce Umber at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


5th - A Richard's Pipit flew east at Abbotscliffe, also a Chiffchaff and a Reed Bunting there and a Brambling and 160 Starlings flew over (Ian Roberts), whilst a Woodcock was flushed from the near the underpass (Mark Kennett).


December Moth at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

Dartford Warbler at Abbotscliffe

(Paul Edmondson)

Purple Sandpiper at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

White-speck and Radford's Flame Shoulder at Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse)

Gold Spot at Samphire Hoe

(Tony Rouse)

4th - A Wood Lark flew in off the sea at Copt Point (Dale Gibson). A Dartford Warbler and 2 Chiffchaffs at Abbotscliffe, where a Snow Bunting, a Sand Martin, 2 Redpolls, 4 Swallows, 6 House Martins, 15 Siskins, 51 Stock Doves, 330 Starlings and 335 Wood Pigeons flew over. A Brambling and 3 Mandarin Ducks at Chesterfield Wood, Saltwood (Paul Edmondson / Ian Roberts).


3rd - A Merlin flew west at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 7 House Martins flew over the Golden Valley (Kevin Harding). 6 Swallows flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


2nd - 4 House Martins at Lympne (Phil Sharp). A Barn Owl north of Abbot's Court Farm, Burmarsh. A Little Egret at Botolph's Bridge. A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe, opposite the Stade Court Hotel (Ian Roberts).


1st - A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


October 2020 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.


For the reviews of sightings in 2019 select 'Annual Reports' from the menu above.