Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 23rd May
The 2019 area bird year list is 174 species (175 species at the same time last year)

23rd - Dusky Hook-tip, Barred Hook-tip, Peach Blossom, Satin Lutestring, White-pinion Spotted, Coxcomb Prominent, Ancylis mitterbacheriana (Red Roller) and Epinotia tedella (Common Spruce Bell) near Saltwood were among several additions to the year list (Kevin Button / Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). Burnet Companion and Myelois circumvoluta at Castle Hill and Freyer's Pug and Dark/Grey Dagger at Cheriton were also new (Brian Harper). 


22nd - A Hobby at Samphire Hoe (Derek Smith).


Poplar Grey, Brown Rustic and Large Yellow Underwing were new for the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

21st - An Osprey flew in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe), 2 Red Kites flew west over Folkestone Warren (Alistair Mackay) and 2 Common Crossbills flew east at Abbotscliffe. The pair of Ravens at Capel-le-Ferne have fledged 3 young (Ian Roberts). A Spotted Flycatcher and a Reed Warbler at Samphire Hoe, where 2 Yellow Wagtails flew west (Phil Smith).


Channel Islands Pug, Enarmonia formosana (Cherry Bark Tortrix) and Celypha striana (Barred Marble) at Hythe were new for the year, where a Silver Y and 2 Diamond-back Moths were of note (Ian Roberts). Channel Islands Pug was also recorded at Seabrook, where 4 Diamond-back Moths were noted (Paul Howe). Common Heath and the Clay were new for the year at Castle Hill, where a Small Yellow Underwing was notable and Small Elephant Hawk-moth was new at Cheriton, where there was a single Diamond-back Moth (Brian Harper).


20th - A new Blair's Mocha and a Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook, where the Snout, Marbled Minor (agg.), Callisto denticulella (Garden Apple Slender), Lozotaenia forsterana (Large Ivy Tortrix) and Scoparia ambigualis (Common Grey) were new for the year (Paul Howe). Small White Wave, Pale Oak Beauty, Brown Silver-line, Treble-bar and the Cinnabar at Hythe were new for the year, also the first adult Cream-spot Tiger and 3 Diamond-back Moths there (Ian Roberts).

Blair's Mocha at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Chocolate-tip at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Grasshopper Warbler at Hythe Roughs (Brian Harper)

Sky Lark at Hythe Roughs

(Brian Harper)

19th - The pair of Ravens at Samphire Hoe have successfully fledged four young, also a Black Redstart there (Mark Kennett).


The fifth area record of Blair's Mocha at Seabrook, where Treble Brown Spot, Pseudargyrotoza conwagana (Yellow-spot Tortrix) and Argyresthia cupressella (Cypress-tip Moth) were new for the year (Paul Howe). Grey Birch, Dingy Shell, Sandy Carpet, Clouded-bordered Brindle, May Highflyer, Clouded Border, Silver-ground Carpet, Carpatolechia proximella (Black-speckled Groundling), Epinotia immundana (Common Birch Bell) and Monopis weaverella (Carrion Moth) at Casebourne Wood ,and Sycamore and Lychnis at Cheriton were also new for the year (Brian Harper), as were Pine Hawk-moth, the Campion,Clouded Border and Evergestis limbata (Dark Bordered Pearl) at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Diamond-back Moths were recorded at Cheriton (3), Seabrook (4) and Hythe (6). A Stoat in the garden of the Fountain Inn.


18th - A Grasshopper Warbler at Hythe Roughs and 2 Purple Sandpipers again at Battery Point (Brian Harper). A Ring Ouzel at Samphire Hoe, where a Great Skua and 7 Manx Shearwaters flew east (Phil Smith / Derek Smith). A Cetti's Warbler at Folkestone Downs and 2 Whimbrel flew east at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A pair of Bullfinches were an unusual record at Abbotscliffe (Paul Edmondson).


Four-spotted at Hythe Roughs, Green Pug and Common Marbled Carpet at Cheriton (Brian Harper), Chocolate-tip, Oak Hook-tip and Blastobasis lacticolella (London Dowd) at Seabrook (Paul Howe), and White Ermine, Flame Carpet, The Shears, Burnished Brass, White-spotted Pug, Ephestia unicolorella (False Cacao Moth) and Celypha lacunana (Common Marble) at Seabrook, and Mottled Rustic at Hythe (Ian Roberts / Chris & Susan Turnbull) were new for the year. Migrants comprised a Diamond-back Moth and a Silver Y at Seabrook and 6 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe. The first Small Blues and Common Blues were seen at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith).


17th - 3 Ringed Plovers, 4 Dunlins, 10 Pomarine Skuas and 20 Swallows flew east at Mill Point (Ian Roberts). 7 Pomarine Skuas flew east at Copt Point (Mark Varley).


Buff-tip at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Mullein Wave at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt) were new for the year.


16th - A Cuckoo at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). The 2 Purple Sandpipers still at Battery Point (Brian Harper). A Hobby flew over Hythe (Glenn Tutton).


Alder Moth, Lunar Thorn and the Fern at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

Hobby at Hythe (Glenn Tutton)

Alder Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

15th - 2 Purple Sandpipers remain at Battery Point (Brian Harper). 


Mother Shipton at Crete Road East was new for the year (Brian Harper), as was Dichrorampha acuminatana (Sharp-winged Drill) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Aproaerema anthyllidella (Vetch Sober) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) .

Purple Sandpiper at Battery Point

(Brian Harper)

Small Yellow Underwing at Crete Road East (Brian Harper)

Ring Ouzel at Samphire Hoe

(Martin Collins)

Nightingale at Saltwood

(Brian Harper)

14th - 2 Purple Sandpipers remain at Battery Point (Brian Harper). A Hobby at Horn Street (Paul Howe).


Sharp-angled Peacock at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Toadflax Brocade at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.


13th - 2 Cranes flew west over Horn Street at 10:50 (Paul Howe).


A Small Yellow Underwing at Crete Road East (Brian Harper) was new for the year.


12th - 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite Twiss Road (Sean McMinn), and at Battery Point (Brian Harper) were the latest ever spring records. A Whimbrel at Hythe Redoubt (Ian Roberts).


11th - The male Ring Ouzel again at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins).


10th - A male Ring Ouzel at Samphire Hoe (David Mansfield). The drake Mandarin still on the canal and a Yellow Wagtail flew over (Ian Roberts).


A Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


9th - A Corn Bunting at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley). A Peregrine over Hythe (Paul Howe). 5 Swifts over Folkestone (John Tomlinson).


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


8th - A Whimbrel, 2 Pomarine Skuas, 2 Great Skuas, 5 Sanderling and 70 Sandwich Terns flew east past Mill Point (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


White-point and Treble Lines at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and Treble Lines at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year, also a Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


7th - 2 Purple Sandpipers and 3 Common Sandpipers at Battery Point and a Wheatear at Princes Parade (Brian Harper). 13 Swallows flew in off the sea at Capel-le-Ferne (Ian Roberts).


Elachista argentella (Swan-feather Dwarf) at Capel-le-Ferne was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


6th - A Nightingale at Saltwood and 3 Turtle Doves flew over (Brian Harper). 3 Purple Sandpipers at Battery Point (Chris Gillard). A Sand Martin, 12 Whitethroats and 26 Swallows at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Dunlin and 2 Shelduck at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


A Chamomile Shark at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe), as were Lime and Eyed Hawk-moths at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and Brown Argus at Folkestone Downs (Nathan Jones).

Chamomile Shark at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

White Spot at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Fulmar at Samphire Hoe

(Paul Holt)

Jack Snipe at Nickolls Quarry

(Brian Harper)

5th - A Garden Warbler singing in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson). A Cuckoo at West Hythe (Ralph Thorogood). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Battery Point (Brian Harper).


4th - A Hobby and a Peregrine at Nickolls Quarry and a Cuckoo at West Hythe (Brian Harper).


3rd - 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite Stade Street (Sean McMinn). A singing Firecrest and a Willow Warbler at Capel-le-Ferne Gun Site, a Yellow Wagtail at Creteway Down and a Turnstone and 7 Shelduck flew east past Mill Point (Mill Point). 30 Swallows flew in off the sea at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley).


A White Spot at Cheriton was a very notable record (Brian Harper). Rustic Shoulder-knot at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


2nd - A Red Kite and a Swift flew in off the sea at Capel-le-Ferne (Dale Gibson). 2 Red Kites flew east at Palmarsh (Jamie Tomsett). A Purple Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper at Battery Point and a Wheatear at Princes Parade (Brian Harper). 2 Willow Warblers at Capel-le-Ferne Gun Site and 5 Swallows, 7 Swifts and 8 House Martins flew in off the sea, also 5 Swifts flew over Hythe where the drake Mandarin was still present (Ian Roberts). 


Speckled Yellow at Creteway Down (Brian Harper), Foxglove Pug and Phtheochroa rugosana (Rough-winged Conch) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Common Swift and Cochylis atricapitana (Black-headed Conch) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.


1st - An Osprey flew east over Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


The first Adonis Blues of the year on the wing at Round Hill (Alfie Gay). The Nutmeg and Spruce Carpet at Hythe were new for the year (Ian Roberts).


January to April 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).