Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 12th July
The 2020 area bird year list is 179 species (175 species at the same time last year)

12th - A Honey Buzzard flew over Cheriton (Brian Harper). A Hobby and 4 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe, where a Green Sandpiper and a Siskin flew over and 2 Oystercatchers and 21 Common Scoter flew east (Mark Kennett). A Crossbill flew over Lympne and 8 Mediterranean Gulls were at Botolph's Bridge (Phil Sharp). 24 Sand Martins flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 50+ Mediterranean Gulls at Donkey Street (Bruce Findlay).


11th - Acleris sparsana (Ashy Button) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


10th - A Red Kite flew east over Palmarsh (Paul Howe).


The first Pearly Underwing of the year, a Dark Sword-grass and 6 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Rusty-dot Pearl and a Cydalima perspectalis (Box Tree Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


9th - Epiblema scutulana (Thistle Bell) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Dark Sword-grass and 9 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


8th - Large Twin-spot Carpet, Ypsolopha parenthesella (White-shouldered Smudge), Argyresthia retinella (Netted Argent), Brachmia blandella (Gorse Crest), Gelechia sororculella (Dark-striped Groundling), Epagoge grotiana (Brown-barred Twist) and Phalonidia manniana (Water-mint Conch) were among the additions to the year list at Gibbin's Brook (Ian Roberts).


7th - A Corn Bunting and 5 Raven at Abbot's Court Farm, a Corn Bunting and a Yellow Wagtail at Botolph's Bridge and a Common Sandpiper at Donkey Street (Brian Harper).


Dusky Sallow at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Spilonota laricana (Larch-bud Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.


6th - 20 Crossbills flew south-west over Lympne (Phil Sharp). A Common Sandpiper and a Little Egret at Seabrook, where 848 Swifts flew over (Paul Howe).


Jersey Tiger at Folkestone was new for the year (Cathy Hearsey).


3rd - A Turtle Dove reported at West Hythe (per RBA).


Pigmy Footman at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

2nd - Plain Golden Y and Dark Umber at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Dark Umber at Hythe and Epermenia aequidentellus (Carrot Lance-wing) and Scoparia basistrigalis (Base-lined Grey) at Stanford North (Ian Roberts) and Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer), Nemapogon clematella (Barred White Clothes Moth), Gypsonoma minutana (Brindled Shoot), Elegia similella (White-barred Knot-horn) and Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer) at West Hythe (Fred Butcher/Tony Rouse) were among the additions to the year list.

1st - A Grey Plover and 4 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).

The Druid at Hythe (Sean Clancy)

The first area (and second county) record of the Druid at Hythe (Sean Clancy). Slender Brindle at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


June 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.