Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 13th November
The 2019 area bird year list is 189 species (195 species at the same time last year)
13th - A Snow Bunting and a Brambling flew over Samphire Hoe, also a Razorbill, a Black Redstart and 2 Little Egrets there (Mark Kennett). A Snow Bunting at 920 Wood Pigeons flew over Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).

12th - 2 Wood Larks at Newington, in paddock opposite church (Brian Harper).

10th - 2 Swallows flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Firecrest at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). A Firecrest, a Chiffchaff and 6 Goldcrests at Enbrook Park and a Sandwich Tern off Princes Parade (Ian Roberts). A Tree Sparrow, a Swallow and 3 Corn Buntings at the Willop Sewage Works and a Tufted Duck at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper).

An Oak Rustic at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

9th - A Tufted Duck, 3 Stonechats, 3 Fieldfares, 9 Snipe, 10 Corn Buntings, 35 Lapwings and 70 Teal in the Willop Basin/Sewage Works area (Ian Roberts). A Sandwich Tern flew west past Seabrook (Paul Howe). 3 Goldcrests at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 13 Stonechats at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt / Martin Collins).

8th - A Sandwich Tern and 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite the Hotel Imperial (Brian Harper). A Firecrest at Kingsnorth Gardens (John Tomlinson).

A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

7th - A Siberian Chiffchaff, a Green Sandpiper, 2 Tree Sparrows and 30 Lapwings at the Willop Sewage Works, where 35 Redwings flew north. A Swallow flew west at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

An Oak Rustic and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Snow Bunting at Samphire Hoe

(Paul Holt)

Siberian Chiffchaff (tristis) at the Willop Sewage Works (Ian Roberts)

Tree Sparrow at the Willop Sewage Works (Ian Roberts)

Diurnea lipsiella at Bargrove Wood (Ian Roberts)

6th - A Brambling, 2 Short-eared Owls and 4 Swallows at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). 2 Bramblings and 4 House Martins at Capel-le-Ferne (Ian Roberts). A Fieldfare, a Chiffchaff and 6 Goldcrests at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Firecrest, a Chiffchaff, a Grey Wagtail and several Goldcrests at Enbrook Park (Kevin Harding). Two Sandwich Terns off Seabrook (Paul Howe).   

A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Rusty-dot Pearl and 11 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, also a Red Admiral there and a Harbour Porpoise offshore (Paul Howe).

5th - 2 Black Redstarts, 3 Fieldfares, 14 Pied Wagtails, 47 Meadow Pipits and 80 Mediterranean Gulls at Church Hougham (Mark Kennett). 400 Mediterranean Gulls at Copt Point (Martin Casemore). The Snow Bunting still at Samphire Hoe, by the office (Paul Holt). A Swallow flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

4th - A Golden Twin-spot, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Oak Rustics and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe, whilst Diurnea lipsiella (November Tubic) at Bargrove Wood was new for the year (Ian Roberts). 
2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Yellow-browed Warbler at the Willop Sewage Works (Brian Harper)

Great White Egret at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper)

Swedish-ringed Great Black-backed Gull at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

Cosmopterix scribaiella mine at West Hythe (David Shenton)

3rd - A Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Firecrests, 3 Swallows, 5 Corn Buntings and 56 Lapwings at the Willop Sewage Works. A Great White Egret, a Little Egret, a Barn Owl, a Water Rail and a Blackcap at Botolph's Bridge. A Velvet Scoter flew west past the Hythe Redoubt, also a Black Redstart and a Little Egret there (Brian Harper). A Velvet Scoter flew past Folkestone Harbour (Stephanie Lea). A Firecrest and 3 Stonechats at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts).


An Oak Rustic and 4 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth and a Red Admiral at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


2nd - A Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 6 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


1st - 2 Swallows flew over Palmarsh (Neil Frampton). A Sandwich Tern off Princes Parade (Brian Harper). An adult Great Black-backed Gull at Hythe had been ringed 18 months previously in Sweden, nearly 1,500km to the north-east (Ian Roberts).


2 Oak Rustics and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Sean Clancy). 5 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe. The Sprawler at Bargrove Wood was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A mine of Cosmopterix scribaiella (New Marsh Cosmet) was found at West Hythe, the third county record and the first of the larval stage, following adults at West Hythe in July 2015 and July 2019 (2).


January to October 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).