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Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 26th September

The 2022 area bird list is 180 species (197 at the same time last year).

26th - A Ring-necked Parakeet flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Delicate at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Razorbill at Sandgate

(Chris Powell)

Red-throated Diver at Sandgate

(Chris Powell)

Clifden Nonpareil at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Dusky-lemon Sallow at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

25th - A Great White Egret arrived in off the sea at Copt Point this evening (Dale Gibson), whilst a Little Egret, 2 Sandwich Terns and 1,000+ Mediterranean Gulls were seen there this morning (Martin Collins). A Red-throated Diver, a Raven, 2 Razorbills, 3 Shags, 3 Chiffchaffs and 4 Sandwich Terns at Mill Point and 4 Red-throated Divers, 30 House Martins and 100 Swallows at Sandgate (Chris Powell). 4 Stonechats at Pedlinge (Ian Roberts).


Beaded Chestnut at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Grey Seal and 3 Harbour Porpoises off Mill Point (Chris Powell).


24th - 2 Wheatears and 2 Little Egrets at Samphire Hoe, where 12 Gannets flew east (Phil Smith). 2 Wheatears at Folkestone Harbour (Elliot Ranford). A Firecrest and 2 Chiffchaffs at Enbrook Park, and a Shag and a Razorbill at Sandgate, where 5 Sandwich Terns and 165 Gannets flew east (Chris Powell). 8 Eider flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Dusky-lemon Sallow at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Pearly Underwing, 2 Delicates and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Pearly Underwings and 5 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


23rd - 326 House Martins flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Reed Buntings and 23 Stonechats at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).


Orange Sallow at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Barred Sallow at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.


22nd - A Razorbill and a Raven at Sandgate, where an Arctic Skua flew east and a Red-throated Diver flew west (Chris Powell). 2 Firecrests at Paraker Wood (Ian Roberts). A Siskin in a garden in Cheriton (Brian Harper).


Clifden Nonpareil at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Autumnal Rustic at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year, also a Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Seabrook.

Caspian Gull at Sandgate

(Chris Powell)

Caspian Gull at Sandgate

(Chris Powell)

Caspian Gull at Sandgate

(Chris Powell)

Shags at Sandgate

(Chris Powell)

21st - A 1CY Caspian Gull, a Common Tern, 4 Shags, 8 Sandwich Terns and 85 Lesser Black-backed Gulls at Sandgate and 2 Shags and 13 Chiffchaffs at Mill Point (Chris Powell). A Marsh Harrier, a Grey Wagtail, a Sand Martin, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 4 Reed Buntings, 11 Stonechats, 13 Blackcaps, 61 Meadow Pipits and 158 Swallows at Abbotscliffe, where 100 Starlings arrived in off the sea (Mark Kennett). A Guillemot, 2 Black Redstarts and 12 Stonechats at Samphire Hoe (Dave Clarke).


A Scarce Bordered Straw, 2 Rusty-dot Pearls and 3 Rush Veneers at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Delicates and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe). Black Rustic at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper).


20th - A Hobby, a Swift, a Willow Warbler, a Goldcrest, a Lesser Whitethroat, 2 Sand Martins, 6 Blackcaps, 6 Chiffchaffs and c.1,000 House Martins at Abbotscliffe, where a Great Spotted Woodpecker and a Grey Wagtail flew over (Ian Roberts). A Tawny Owl and 3 Hobbies (2 juveniles) at Lympne Park Wood (Phil Sharp).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Rusty-dot Pearls and 5 Rush Veneers at Seabrook and 5 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Paul Howe). A Delicate, a Rush Veneer and 9 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe, where Feathered Brindle was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


19th - A Ring Ouzel, a Brambling, a Swift and c.1,000 House Martins at Round Down (Jamie Partridge). A Firecrest along the canal at Seabrook and 2 Spotted Flycatchers at Pedlinge (Brian Harper). A Litte Egret and 2 Turnstone at Folkestone Harbour (Elliot Ranford). 1,500 House Martins flew over Hythe this evening (Sean McMinn).


2 Delicates, 3 Rusty-dot Pearls and 3 Rush Veneers at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Brambling at Round Down

(Jamie Partridge)

Swift at Round Down

(Jamie Partridge)

House Martin at Round Down

(Jamie Partridge)

Paracorsia repandalis at Cheriton (Brian Harper)

18th - 2 Great White Egrets flew east at Abbotscliffe (Dale Gibson). A Hobby and 7 Stonechats at Abbotscliffe, where 3 Grey Herons and 36 Lesser Black-backed Gulls flew west (Mark Kennett). 2 Brent Geese and 12 Common Scoter flew past Princes Parade (Chris Gillard).


2 Rush Veneers and 4 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe, where Hedge Rustic was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Scarce Bordered Straw and a Rush Veneer at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


17th - 7 Brent Geese flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Dewick's Plusia, a Pearly Underwing, a Latticed Heath, 4 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Convolvulus Hawk-moth and 2 Pearly Underwings at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


16th - A Swift, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 3 Grey Wagtails and 130 Meadow Pipits flew over Abbotscliffe and a Yellow Wagtail flew over Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Blackcap and 14 Chiffchaffs at Mill Point and a Mute Swan on the sea off Sandgate (Chris Powell),


A Caloptilia hemidactyella (Sycamore Slender), a Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Rush Veneer, 2 Rusty-dot Pearls and 37 Scrobipalpa ocellatella (Beet Moth) at Seabrook, where Lunar Underwing was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Latticed Heath, a Pearly Underwing, 3 Delicates, 5 Rush Veneers and 20 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe, where Feathered Ranunculus was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


15th - A Swift, 3 Yellow Wagtails, 6 Grey Wagtails, 112 Sand Martins, 292 Meadow Pipits, c.1,000 Swallows and c.3,000 House Martins flew east at Abbotscliffe, also a Whinchat there (Ian Roberts / Paul Edmondson). 6 Greenfinches, 13 Sand Martins, 25 Meadow Pipits and 900 Swallows fle in off the sea at Sandgate, and a Peregrine flew west there (Chris Powell).


The second area record of Paracorsia repandalis (Scarce Straw Pearl) at Cheriton, where Brindled Green was new for the year, also singles of Rush Veneer and Rusty-dot Pearl were of note (Brian Harper). A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, a Pearly Underwing, 9 Rush Veneers and 16 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe and 4 Rush Veneers at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).


14th - A Swift flew over Hythe (Sean McMinn). A Firecrest, a Grey Wagtail and a Chiffchaff at Enbrook Park (Chris Powell).


The fifth area record of Archer's Dart, a Scarce Bordered Straw, 3 Pearly Underwings, 5 Rush Veneers, 13 Rusty-dot Pearls and 82 Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moths) at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Rush Veneers and 7 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Archer's Dart at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

The Passenger at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

The Passenger at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Old Lady at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

13th - The fourth area record of the Passenger, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Scarce Bordered Straw, 2 Delicates, 3 Pearly Underwings, 15 Rush Veneers and 20 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Latticed Heath and 3 Rush Veneers at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


12th - The third area record (but second this month) of the Passenger, a Pearly Underwing, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Rush Veneer and 4 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Delicate, a Palpita vitrealis, 4 Rusty-dot Pearls and 4 Rush Veneers at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Portland Ribbon Waves, Vestal, Hummingbird hawk-moth, Dark Sword-grass and Lace Border at Samphire Hoe, where Amblyptilia punctidactyla (Brindled Plume), Large Wainscot and Brown-spot Pinion were new for the year (Fred Butcher / Tony Rouse).


11th - A Redstart, a Spotted Flycatcher and 2 Wheatears at Hythe Ranges, where 3 Grey Wagtails and 40 Meadow Pipits flew south (Sean McMinn). A Wheatear, a Siskin, a Reed Bunting, 3 Tree Pipits, 4 Whinchats, 5 Whitethroats and 16 Blackcaps at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Redshank, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Wheatears, 2 Willow Warblers, 4 Whinchats, 8 Little Egrets, 15 Chiffchaffs, 19 Stonechats and 50 Blackcaps at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). Single Spotted Flycatchers at Grove Road in Folkestone and at Folkestone Warren (Paul Trodd). A Hobby at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). 32 Sandwich Terns fishing off Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Dewick's Plusia, a Hummingbird Hawk-moth, 2 Pearly Underwings, 22 Rusty-dot Pearls and 22 Rush Veneers at Hythe, where Mirificarma mulinella (Gorse Groundling) was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Clouded Yellow and 4 Rush Veneers at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Clouded Yellow at Sunny Sands, Folkestone (Dave Featherbe).

Hellula undalis at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Porter's Rustics at Samphire Hoe

(Tony Rouse)

Bordered Straw at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Rush Veneer at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

10th - A juvenile Purple Heron was reported flying over Hythe at 07;48 (per RBA). A juvenile Cuckoo, a Wheatear, a Willow Warbler, a Fulmar, 3 Whinchats, 3 Blackcaps and 5 Swifts at Abbotscliffe (Elliot Ranford / Chris Gillard). A Tree Pipit, a Sand Martin, 13 Swallows and 28 Sandwich Terns flew west at Sandgate. A Common Sandpiper and 5 Little Egrets at Copt Point. 5 Chiffchaffs at Mill Point (Chris Powell). A Grey Heron flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Although moth trapping did not produce another mega rarity there was an excellent array of migrants/wanderers, including a Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Vestal, a Delicate, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Scrobipalpa ocellatella (Beet Moth), 4 Rusty-dot Pearls and 7 Rush Veneers at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and a Vestal, a Bordered Straw, a Scarce Bordered Straw, 2 Pearly Underwings, 2 Ancylosis oblitella (Saltmarsh Knot-horn), 3 Delicates, 6 Scrobipalpa ocellatella, 13 Rusty-dot Pearls and 91 Rush Veneers at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


9th - 3 Arctic Skuas, 5 Common Terns and 100+ Gannets off Princes Parade (Chris Gillard). A Yellow Wagtail, an Arctic Skua, 29 Gannets and 44 Sandwich Terns flew west past Sandgate (Chris Powell). 2 Yellow Wagtails flew west at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


The second area record of Hellula undalis (Old World Webworm), a Rush Veneer, 2 Convolvulus Hawk-moths and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Latticed Heath, a Pearly Underwing, a Dark Sword-grass and 9 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


8th - 4 Arctic Skuas flew past Sandgate (Chris Powell).


The first area record of Paracorsia repandalis (Scarce Straw Pearl) and 6 Porter's Rustics at Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse). The second area record of the Passenger at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Delicate and 11 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Paracorsia repandalis at Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse)

The Passenger at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Dewick's Plusia at Cheriton

(Brian Harper: www.brizey.co.uk)

Choreutis pariana at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

7th - A Balearic Shearwater, 7 Brent Geese, 7 Shelduck, 10 Common/Arctic Terns, up to 12 Arctic Skuas and 72 Sandwich Terns flew past Sandgate (Chris Powell). A further Balearic Shearwater and 2 Arctic Skuas off Hythe (Ian Roberts). 68 Gannets flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Bordered Straw, a Delicate, 4 Rusty-dot Pearls and 6 Rush Veneers at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


6th - 3 Arctic Skuas, 4 Sandwich Terns and 20 Gannets off Sandgate (Chris Powell).


A Dewick's Plusia, a Scarce Bordered Straw, a Pearly Underwing, 5 Rush Veneers and 9 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Convolvulus Hawk-moth and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Whinchat at Abbotscliffe

(Elliot Ranford)

Garden Warbler at Abbotscliffe

(Elliot Ranford)

Ravens at Abbotscliffe

(Elliot Ranford)

Grey Wagtail at Enbrook Park

(Chris Powell)

Dewick's Plusia at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Shore Wainscot at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Convolvulus Hawk-moth at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

The Vestal at Samphire Hoe

(James Hunter)

5th - A Garden Warbler, a Hobby, a Wheatear, a Blackcap, 2 Whinchats, 6 Lesser Whitethroats and 7 Whitethroats at Abbotscliffe, where a Sand Martin, 16 Yellow Wagtails and 30 Swallows flew west (Elliot Ranford / Mark Kennett). An Arctic Skua off Sandgate (Chris Powell).


A Shore Wainscot at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Latticed Heath, a Pearly Underwing, 5 Rusty-dot Pearls and 9 Rush Veneers at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Dark-barred Twin-spot Carpet at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper).


4th - 2 Great White Egrets flew west at Samphire Hoe, also a Wheatear, a Shag, an Oystercatcher, 2 Little Egrets and 16 Gannets there (Mark Kennett). A Wigeon, 2 Arctic Skuas, 2 Fulmars, 2 Oystercatchers, 6 Sandwich Terns and 21 Gannets flew past Sandgate (Chris Powell). A Redshank at Folkestone Warren (Rob Lee / Ian Roberts).


A Dewick's Plusia at Cheriton, where the Sallow was new for the year (Brian Harper). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Portland Ribbon Waves and 5 Rusty-dot Pearls at Folkestone Warren (Rob Lee / Ian Roberts).

Red-backed Shrike at Hythe Ranges (Sean McMinn)

Beautiful Marbled at Samphire Hoe (James Hunter)

Latticed Heath at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Star-wort at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

3rd - A Red-backed Shrike, 2 Whinchats, 4 Stonechats and 22 Wheatears at Hythe Ranges (Sean McMinn). 3 Wheatears at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay). 2 juvenile Hobbies at Lympne Park Wood (Phil Sharp).


A Beautiful Marbled, a Vestal, a Portland Ribbon Wave and a Bordered Straw at Samphire Hoe, where the Annulet, Agdistis bennetti (Saltmarsh Plume) and Agonopterix pallorella (Pale Flat-body) were new for the year (James Hunter / Mark Hows). A Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Latticed Heath, a Pearly Underwing, 3 Rush Veneers and 10 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Rush Veneers at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Clouded Yellows at Hythe Ranges (Sean McMinn).


2nd - A Redstart at Samphire Hoe (David Todd). A Firecrest and a Grey Wagtail at Enbrook Park and an Oystercatcher, a Fulmar and 3 Common Scoters flew past Sandgate (Chris Powell). A Grey Heron flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Delicate, 5 Rush Veneers, 11 Rusty-dot Pearls and 12 Silver Ys at Hythe, where the Brick was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Dark Sword-grass and 4 Rush Veneers at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


1st - A Common Sandpiper at Hythe and a Wheatear at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts).


A Bordered Straw, a Scarce Bordered Straw, a Pearly Underwing, 3 Rusty-dot Pearls, 4 Dark Sword-grass, 4 Rush Veneers and 13 Silver Ys at  at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Convolvulus Hawk-moth and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

January to August 2022 sightings have been archived - click on the links for the review of bird sightings or lepidoptera sightings in 2022 to date.


For the reviews of sightings in 2021 and earlier years click on: Annual Reports