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Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 19th September

The 2021 area bird list is 196 species (190 at the same time last year)

19th - The first four Brent Geese of the autumn flew west past Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).


3 Porter's Rustics, a Portland Ribbon Wave, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Dark Sword-grass at Folkestone Warren, where Orange Sallow and Ypsolopha sequella (Pied Smudge) were new for the year (Ross Newham). A Delicate, a Rusty-dot Pearl and 2 Scarce Bordered Straws at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Lunar Underwings at Cheriton (David Jenkins) and Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.


18th - A Black Guillemot, 9 Teal and 100 Gannets flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Little Egret flew west and a Wheatear there. An Osprey, a Hobby and a Whinchat at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts / Chris Gillard). A Hobby, a Whinchat and 2 Ravens at Beachborough (Brian Harper).


A Porter's Rustic and a Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Portland Ribbon Wave at Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse). A Convolvulus Hawk-moth, a Delicate and a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Hythe, where Black Rustic was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Clouded Yellow at Beachborough (Brian Harper).


17th - A Balearic Shearwater and 2 Wigeon flew west past the Dymchurch Redoubt, also an Arctic Skua, a Red-throated Diver, 40 Common Scoter and 50 Sandwich Terns offshore, and a flock of 43 Canada Geese off the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts).


Autumnal Rustic at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


16th - A Wigeon, an Arctic Skua, a Shag, a Grey Wagtail and 6 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). A Great Spotted Woodpecker, 5 Chiffchaffs and 6 Blackcaps at Abbotscliffe and 19 Wigeon off Princes Parade (Ian Roberts). 11 Turnstones at Hythe (Glenn Tutton).


15th - 2 Yellow Wagtails, 5 Whinchats and 10 Chiffchaffs at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).


A Portland Ribbon Wave, a Scarce Bordered Straw, 2 Porter's Rustics, 2 Delicates and 4 Rusty-dot Pearls at Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse). A Large Thorn, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Rusty-dot Pearl and 2 Scarce Bordered Straws at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


14th - A Wigeon, a Wheatear and 4 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). 3 Whinchats and 4 Yellow Wagtails at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).


A Clifden Nonpareil at the Aldergate Bridge (Brian Harper). A Beautiful Marbled, a Delicate and a Rush Veneer at Samphire Hoe, where Stenoptilia zophodactylus (Dowdy Plume) was new for the year. A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Hythe (Kevin Button / Ian Roberts). A Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


13th - 2 Wheatears and 4 Whinchats at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts / Paul Edmondson).


A Beautiful Marbled at Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse). Ypsolopha parenthesella (White-shouldered Smudge) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


12th - A Spotted Flycatcher, a Swift and 3 Whinchats at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett / Paul Edmondson). A flock of 45 White Storks that flew over West Hythe (Chris Philpott) and later roosted at Etchinghill (Ruth McCabe) were thought to have originated from the introduction program at www.whitestorkproject.org.


A Porter's Rustic and a Dewick's Plusia at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Clifden Nonpareil at Saltwood (Sean Clancy). An Oak Lutestring at Hythe and a Clouded Yellow at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts).

White Storks at Etchinghill

(Ruth McCabe)

Dewick's Plusia at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Clifden Nonpareil at Saltwood

(Sean Clancy)

Oak Lutestring at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

11th - A Corncrake flew over the A20 just south of the Round Hill tunnels (Phil Chantler). A Whinchat and 3 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Dark Sword-grass at Hythe, where Feathered Brindle was new for the year. A Clouded Yellow at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


10th - A Portland Ribbon Wave, a Delicate and 3 Beautiful Marbled at Samphire Hoe (James Hunter / Mark Hows). 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Hythe, whilst Capoptria falsella (Chequered Grass-veneer) at Brockhill Country Park was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


9th - A Grasshopper Warbler between the Aldergate Bridge and the West Hythe dam (Dylan Wrathall). 2 Grey Wagtails at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


The first Vestal of the year at Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse). A Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) and a Clouded Yellow at Seabrook, where Frosted Orange, Bucculatrix ulmella (Oak Bent-wing), Argyresthia semifusca (Brown Rowan Argent) and Depressaria pulcherrimella (Pignut Flatbody) were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


8th - 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 46 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitrealis and 34 Silver Ys at Seabrook, where an Arhopalus rusticus (Dusky Longhorn Beetle) was of note (Paul Howe).


7th - A Common Sandpiper and 2 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). 2 Golden Plovers at Church Hougham and a Wheatear at Crete Road West (Ian Roberts). A Wheatear at Hythe (Glenn Tutton). 3 Grey Wagtails at Hythe (Martin Whybrow).


A Portland Ribbon Wave, a Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) and a Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Beautiful Marbled at Samphire Hoe (Tony Rouse). 5 Large Thorns at Folkestone (Cathy Hearsey). A Barred Hook-tip, a Dark Sword-grass, 3 Portland Ribbon Waves, 6 Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) at Folkestone Warren. A Portland Ribbon Wave at Hythe (Ian Roberts / Kevin Button). Brown-veined Wainscot at the Aldergate Bridge was new for the year (Brian Harper).

Jersey Mocha at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Portland Ribbon Wave at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Rest Harrow at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Chalk Carpet at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

6th - At least one Wryneck, a Wheatear, 2 Swifts and 5 Whinchats at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). A Common Sandpiper, a Little Egret, 2 Yellow Wagtails, 2 Black Redstarts, 2 Whinchats and 4 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). 2 Yellow Wagtails and 11 Whinchats at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper).


A Jersey Mocha, a Dark sword-grass, a Rest Harrow, a Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) and 12 Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe). Centre-barred Sallow at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


5th - At least one Wryneck, a Pied Flycatcher, a Willow Warbler, 3 Sand Martins, 4 Lesser Whitethroats, 6 Whinchats, 8 Blackcaps and 9 Yellow Wagtails at Abbotscliffe (Mike Fitch / Mark Kennett). 478 Mediterranean Gulls flew past Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Confirmation has been received that a Caloptilia trapped at Seabrook on the 13th August was the first Kent record of C. hemidactylella (Sycamore Slender). A Caloptilia honoratella (Pale Maple Slender) was also of note there last night (Paul Howe). A Portland Ribbon Wave and the first Pearly Underwing of the year at Hythe, also a Clouded Yellow at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts).


4th - At least one Wryneck still at Abbotscliffe (Mike Fitch / Jamie Tomsett). A Willow Warbler at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Feathered Gothic at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


3rd - At least one Wryneck, a Redstart and 7 Whinchats at Abbotscliffe (Paul Edmondson / Ian Roberts). A Redstart at Church Hougham (Mark Kennett). A Grey Heron flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Chalk Carpet and a Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were of note.


2nd - 2 Redstarts, 3 Whinchats, 7 Wheatears and 8 Whitethroats at Samphire Hoe, where a Little Egret and 6 Shelduck flew east (Steve Cutt / Ian Roberts). A Pied Flycatcher reported at Abbotscliffe.


A Large Thorn at Folkestone (Cathy Hearsey). A Cnephasia pumicana (Cereal Tortrix), a Coleophora alcyonipennella (Clover case-bearer) and 4 Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Cydia amplana and a Feathered Ranunculus at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


1st - The 2 Wrynecks still at Abbotscliffe, also a Redstart, a Tree Pipit, a Sedge Warbler, a Corn Bunting, a Willow Warbler, 2 Whinchats, 6 Chiffchaffs and 38 Yellow Wagtails there (Ian Roberts).


An Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn), a Rusty-dot Pearl, 4 Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) and 5 Gypsy Moths at Seabrook, where Phyllonorycter geniculella (Sycamore Midget) and Svensson's Copper Underwing were new for the year (Paul Howe).

January to August 2021 sightings have been archived - click on the links for the review of bird sightings or moth, butterfly and other sightings in 2021 to date.


For the reviews of sightings in 2020 and earlier years click on: Annual Reports

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