Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 15th January
The 2019 area bird year list is 113 species (106 species at the same time last year)
15th - A Great White Egret between Selby Farm and Donkey Street, a Green Sandpiper at Botolph's Bridge and a Shag at Battery Point (Dave Brown). 2 Chiffchaffs, 30 Fieldfares and 33 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). A Red Kite at Folkestone Downs (Paul Holt).

The first Spring Ushers of the year were trapped at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and at Hythe, where the first Chestnut was also noted (Ian Roberts). 

14th - A Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

13th - A Great White Egret at Donkey Street. 3 Gadwall at Folkestone Racecourse, Westenhanger. A Green Sandpiper and a Marsh Tit at Kiln Wood. A Woodcock and 4 Mandarin at Pedlinge (Brian Harper).

12th - 3,000+ Cormorants flew east past Samphire Hoe (Pete Coleman). A Great Skua off the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts).

11th - 9 Shelduck and 350 Great Crested Grebes off the Willop Outfall, where 2,900 Cormorants flew east (Ian Roberts). A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe (David Scott).

10th - The 
Great Northern Diver again and 6 Shags at Sandgate. A Rock Pipit and 2 Purple Sandpipers at Battery Point. 2 Purple Sandpipers opposite Stade Street, Hythe, also a female Blackcap in a garden in the town. A Green Sandpiper at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper / Bernard Boothroyd). A Water Rail and 2 Chiffchaffs at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

Great Northern Diver at Sandgate

(Ian Roberts)

Shag at Sandgate

(Ian Roberts)

Purple Sandpiper at Hythe

(Ray O'Reilly)

Winter Moth at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

9th - A Great Northern Diver and a Shag at Sandgate (Neil Frampton). A Little Egret, 7 Redshank and 20 Ringed Plover at Folkestone Harbour, where 2 Common Scoter flew past (Mark Varley). A male Blackcap at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


8th - A Great Skua and 2,320 Cormorants off the Willop Outfall, also 4 Sanderling there (Ian Roberts). A Brambling at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


Winter Moths at Folks' Wood (Ian Roberts) and Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.


7th - A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker, 3 Siskins, 20 Redwings and 205 Mediterranean Gulls at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). A Velvet Scoter flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe). An adult Caspian Gull at Folkestone Harbour and single Shags offshore of Mill Point and Sandgate (Ian Roberts).


A Dark Sword-grass again at Seabrook, where Mottled Umber was new for the year and a Minotaur Beetle and a Buff-tailed Bumblebee were also of note (Paul Howe), with another Buff-tailed Bumblebee at Mill Point (Brian Harper).

Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Dark Arches at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Water Rail at West Hythe

(Brian Harper)

Little Egret at Nickolls Quarry

(Brian Harper)

6th - A Bewick's Swan drifted east past Battery Point, also a Great Northern Diver offshore there and a Little Egret flew west (Paul Howe). A Barn Owl at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Black-throated Diver at Folkestone Harbour (Dave Clarke). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe (Paul Edmondson). A Marsh Harrier, 2 Little Egrets and 2 Water Rails at Nickolls Quarry. A Firecrest at Port Lympne. c.450 Great Crested Grebes off Hythe Ranges/Willop Outfall (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


A Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


5th - A Great Northern Diver off Seabrook at 13:30 (Paul Howe). A Great Skua and 15 Dunlin off Princes Parade (Brian Harper). 2 Siskin, 3 Woodcock, 4 Mandarin and 180 Teal at Chesterfield Wood. 2 Woodcock at Folks' Wood (Ian Roberts). A Purple Sandpiper at Battery Point (Ray O'Reilly). A Little Egret at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay). 


A Dark Arches at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


4th - 4 Shags and 680 Cormorants off Mill Point, where a Great Skua, 3 Teal, 3 Fulmars and 325 auks flew east (Ian Roberts). 1,186 Cormorants flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).

3rd - A Great Northern Diver and 5 Shags off Mill Point, also a Firecrest and 7 Ringed Plovers there and 2 Brent Geese, 75 Red-throated Divers and 350 auks flew east. Adult Caspian Gulls at Hythe Ranges and Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper / Dave Brown). 2 Fulmars at Samphire Hoe (Barry Woolhouse). 22 Siskins and 120 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

2nd - 2 adult Caspian Gulls again at Nickolls Quarry, a Firecrest, a Tufted Duck and 2 Water Rails at West Hythe, 2 Wigeon at Botolph's Bridge, 2 Marsh Tits at Cowtye Wood and 5 Woodcocks at Kiln Wood (Brian Harper). A pair of Blackcaps at Seabrook where 2 Buzzards flew in off the sea (Paul Howe). A Great Skua flew east past Folkestone Pier, a Rock Pipit and 7 Redshanks at Folkestone Harbour and a Firecrest at Mill Point (Ian Roberts). 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Redpolls and 77 Redwings at Beachborough Park, where 61 Siskins flew north (Steve Tomlinson).

The Satellite at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Epiphyas postvittana (Light Brown Apple Moth) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) got the moth year list started.

Great Northern Diver at Mill Point (Ian Roberts)

1st - A Water Pipit, a Great White Egret, a Jack Snipe, a Marsh Harrier, a Golden Plover, a Raven, 2 Curlew, 3 Stonechats, 37 Teal, 71 Snipe and 150 Lapwings in the Donkey Street / Willop Basin area. A Green Sandpiper, 2 adult Caspian Gulls, 2 Little Egrets and 12 Teal at Nickolls Quarry. 2 Firecrests at Pond Hill Road, Cheriton. A Stonechat at Hythe Roughs (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Great Skua off Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins). A Firecrest and a Little Owl at West Hythe (Stephanie Lea). A Little Egret at Copt Point (David Featherbe). A Redwing, 11 Yellowhammers and 16 Sky Larks at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).


A Red Admiral at Nickolls Quarry and a Hare at Donkey Street (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


January to December 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).