Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 13th December
The 2018 area bird year list is 197 species (195 species at the same time last year)

13th - A Peregrine and 5 Chiffchaffs at Beachborough Park, where 2 Bramblings, 2 Redpolls and 17 Siskins flew west (Steve Tomlinson). 340 Cormorants off Sandgate (Ian Roberts).


12th - A Dark Sword-grass at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


11th - 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Sanderling, 11 Oystercatchers and 31 Turnstone at the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts). A Tufted Duck and 7 Chiffchaffs at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


10th - A Barn Owl near Sene Valley golf course (Jamie Tomsett) and a Barn Owl flew across the A20 near Stone Farm (c.1 mile west of the Beachborough roundabout) (David Featherbe). A Short-eared Owl at Samphire Hoe (Les Collins). A Tufted Duck, 2 Siskins, 2 Redpolls, 4 Chiffchaffs and 35 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). 2 Siskins flew west at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


A Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


9th - 4 Shoveler at Donkey Street. A Wigeon at Botolph's Bridge. 15 Ringed Plover at Hythe Ranges. 10 Sanderling at the Willop Outfall. A Green Sandpiper, 2 Raven and 7 Snipe at Nickolls Quarry. A Chiffchaff along the canal at Hythe (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


8th - A Firecrest, a Chiffchaff, a Treecreeper (which appears to be a new species for the site) and 2 Green Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A Chiffchaff and 2 Firecrests along the canal at Palmarsh and 2 Little Grebes at Seabrook (Brian Harper). A Kingfisher and 6 Redshank at Folkestone Harbour (David Featherbe).


A rather late Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

7th - A Purple Sandpiper and a Rock Pipit at Battery Point (Brian Harper). A Fulmar and 160 Gannets flew west past Mill Point (Ian Roberts).


6th - A Woodcock, a Firecrest, a Stonechat, 2 Siskins, 6 Chiffchaffs, 8 Redpolls, 72 Fieldfares, 415 Mediterranean Gulls and 600 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson)


5th - 4 Chiffchaffs, 29 Fieldfares and 360 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


A Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


4th - 2 Stonechats, 2 Siskins, 4 Redpolls, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Little Grebes and 340 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

A Diamond-back Moth at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Red-throated Diver at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith)

3rd - A Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Siskins, 400 Fieldfares and 600 Redwings at Beachbrough Park (Steve Tomlinson). A Blackcap and a Chiffchaff at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Peregrine and 2 Stonechats at Donkey Street and still good numbers of winter thrushes on the marsh too with nocturnal movements also continuing (Ian Roberts).


2nd - A Golden Plover, 2 Shoveler and 14 Teal at Donkey Street, a Firecrest at West Hythe and 6 Snipe at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper).


A Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


January to November 2018 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 2017 Folkestone & Hythe Bird Report and 2017 Non-avian report are available as free downloads (click on the links to open).