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Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 9th December

The 2022 area bird list is 192 species (210 at the same time last year).

9th - 2 adult Caspian Gulls at Sandgate (Brian Harper). The Great Northern Diver again off Marine Parade this morning and later off Princes Parade and Battery Point, whilst what appears to be a second bird flew east past Fisherman's Beach around midday. Also a Razorbill off Marine Parade and a Common Scoter off Sandgate (Sean McMinn / Ian Roberts / Chris Gillard).

Brambling at Kick Hill

(Brian Harper)

Little Egret at Folkestone Harbour

(Tony Poole)

Mediterranean Gull at Folkestone Beach (Tony Poole)

Minke Whale spout off Sandgate

(Ian Roberts)

8th - A Great Northern Diver off Marine Parade, Hythe (Sean McMinn). 3 Great White Egrets flew west at Seabrook, a female Eider and a Razorbill off Sandgate and 2 Firecrests at Enbrook Park (Martin Whybrow). A Shag flew east at Sandgate (Ian Roberts). A drake Mandarin and 102 Lapwings at the Willop Basin, a Little Gull at Nickolls Quarry, a Brambling at Kick Hill, 54 Lapwings at Hillhurst Farm and a marked increase in winter thrushes in the Botolph's Bridge area (Brian Harper). A Woodcock at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). A Little Egret at Folkestone Harbour (Tony Poole). 50 Redwings at Saltwood reservoir (Elliot Ranford).


A Minke Whale spent about an hour off Seabrook / Sandgate this morning before drifting off east (Paul Howe / Ian Roberts).


7th - A Cattle Egret was reported flying low over Earlsfield Road, Hythe at 07:55 (per RBA). The Great Northern Diver again at Battery Point and a Brent Goose, a Kingfisher and 2 Little Egrets at Copt Point (Chris Powell). An adult Little Gull at Nickolls Quarry and 2 Little Egrets at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts). 3 Corn Buntings, 4 Tree Sparrows, 6 Reed Buntings, 23 Yellowhammers and 63 Skylarks at Abbotscliffe and 3 Fieldfare, 15 Golden Plover, 35 Skylark, 38 Redwing and 58 Lapwings at Capel-le-Ferne (Mark Kennett).

Great Northern Diver at Battery Point (Chris Powell)

Turnstone at Folkestone Harbour

(Tony Poole)

Ringed Plovers at Folkestone Beach

(Tony Poole)

Pied Wagtail at Folkestone Harbour (Tony Poole)

6th - A drake Tufted Duck and 2 Little Gulls at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A Shag at Samphire Hoe, where a small flock of Siskins flew east (Phil Smith).


5th - 9 Great Crested Grebes and 580 Cormorants off Seabrook (Paul Howe).


4th - A Great Northern Diver, a Ring-necked Parakeet, a Razorbill and 6 Sandwich Terns at Battery Point. A Swallow, a Chiffchaff and 2 Little Gulls at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper / Chris Gillard / Paul Howe). A Sandwich Tern off Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Canada Geese flew west at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


3rd - A Jack Snipe, a drake Mandarin Duck, 30 Snipe, 30 Lapwing and 50 Teal at the Willop Basin. A Green Sandpiper and 2 Little Gulls at Botolph's Bridge. A female Eider off West Parade, Hythe (Elliot Ranford / Chris Gillard). A Red-throated Diver, a Little Gull and a Chiffchaff at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


2nd - A Great White Egret, a Shelduck, a Chiffchaff and 3 Little Gulls at Nickolls Quarry. 2 Green Sandpipers and 2 Little Gulls at Botolph's Bridge Road in the flooded field by the level crossing (Ian Roberts). An Eider, a Little Gull and 5 Sandwich Terns off Hythe (Chris Gillard). A Little Egret and 4 Redshank at Folkestone Harbour (Elliot Ranford).


1st - A Great Northern Diver at Nickolls Quarry before it flew off low to the east, also 5 Little Gulls there. 3 Sandwich Terns off the Willop Outfall. 2 Little Gulls and 2 Green Sandpipers at Botolph's Bridge Road, near the level crossing (Ian Roberts). 5 Sandwich Terns at Princes Parade (Dave Brown). A Little Egret at Jock's Pitch, Copt Point, also present yesterday (Alistair Mackay).


A Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

November


30th - A Little Gull, 3 Green Sandpipers and 3 Golden Plovers at Botolph's Bridge, 2 Chiffchaffs and 5 Little Gulls at Nickolls Quarry and 3 Sandwich Terns and 5 Gadwall at the Willop Outfall. A Brambling, a Corn Bunting, 2 Stonechats and 80 Yellowhammers between Folks' Wood and the track between Pedlinge and the Aldington Road (Phil Sharp). A Little Egret and 4 Redshank in Folkestone Harbour and 2 Guillemots off the Pier (Elliot Ranford). The Harris's Hawk is still in the Kick Hill area, being seen from the M20 between junctions 11 and 11A (Alison Borlase).


29th - A drake Pochard, 2 Swallows, 2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Little Gulls at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper). A Little Gull off the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts).


28th - 2 Caspian Gulls (an adult and a 2CY) on the beach at Sandgate. 7 Little Gulls at Nickolls Quarry. 5 Little Gulls at Princes Parade. A Little Gull, a Rock Pipit, 3 Sanderling, 3 Gadwall and 33 Teal at the Willop Outfall. A Woodcock and 8 Mandarin Ducks at Folks Wood (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

Little Gull at Princes Parade

(Brian Harper)

Little Gull at Princes Parade

(Brian Harper)

Little Gull at Princes Parade

(Brian Harper)

Great Black-backed Gull at Folkestone Harbour (Tony Poole)

Caspian Gull at Sandgate

(Ian Roberts)

Caspian Gulls at Sandgate

(Ian Roberts)

Little Egret at Folkestone Harbour

(Tony Poole)

Grey Seal at Folkestone Harbour

(Tony Poole)

27th - 2 Green Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry and 3 adult Little Gulls off Princes Parade (Ian Roberts). A Black Redstart at Mill Point (per RBA).


26th - 6 Little Gulls at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper). A Little Gull off the Hotel Imperial, Hythe and 24 Turnstones at the Stade Street groyne (Chris Gillard).


25th - A Cattle Egret with the European Bison at Port Lympne. A Bearded Tit, a House Martin, 2 Swallows and 5 Little Gulls at Nickolls Quarry. A Black Redstart and 41 Sanderling at the Willop Outfall. A drake Pochard on Woodside Farm pond. 60 Fieldfares at the Aldergate Bridge (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 2 Swallows flew west at Abbotscliffe (Paul Edmondson). A Woodcock at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). A Black Redstart at Folkestone Harbour (Yvonne Lewis-Cutt).


24th - A House Martin and 7 Little Gulls at Nickolls Quarry, a Little Gull at Botolph's Bridge, 2 Little Gulls off Hythe, 2 Shags and 4 Little Gulls off Princes Parade, a Jack Snipe at Donkey Street and a Wigeon at Hoorne's Sewer (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper). A redhead Goosander, a Peregrine, 3 Fieldfares, 17 Redwing and 270 Mediterranean Gulls between the Aldergate Bridge and West Hythe Dam, also a Little Owl at Selby Farm (Dylan Wrathall). A Black-throated Diver at Folkestone Harbour (Yvonne Lewis-Cutt).


23rd - 5 Little Gulls (4 adults, 1 first-year) off Hythe seafront and 10 Turnstones on the rock groyne (Sean McMinn). An adult Little Gull and 2 Sandwich Terns off Princes Parade. A first-year Little Gull at Folkestone Harbour. 2 Little Gulls (1 adult, 1 first-year) and a Chiffchaff at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A first-year Little Gull found dead on the seawall at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). 

Little Gull at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

Little Gull at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

Little Gull at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

Little Gull at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

22nd - The Hoopoe was still at Folks Wood Way in Lympne for at least its 6th day (Phil Sharp). A Bearded Tit, a first-year Little Gull, 2 House Martins and 4 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry, with a redhead Goosander in the ditch to the north. An adult Little Gull in a field at Botolph's Bridge until it flew off to the south (Ian Roberts). A female Eider and an adult Little Gull off Princes Parade (Sean McMinn).

Bearded Tit at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

Bearded Tit at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

Little Gull at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

Little Gull at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

21st - The Hoopoe was still at Folks Wood Way in Lympne (Phil Sharp). A Great Northern Diver, 2 Little Auks, a Black-throated Diver, a Great Skua, a Red-breasted Merganser, a Pintail, 2 Eider, 2 Shelduck, 5 Brent Geese, 12 Teal, 16 Little Gulls, 17 Sandwich Terns, 37 Red-throated Divers, 48 Razorbills, 170 Kittiwakes and 285 Gannets flew past Princes Parade and 120 Starlings arrived in off the sea there (Ian Roberts). A Shag, 2 Eider, 3 Fulmar, 21 Red-throated Divers, 21 Kittiwakes and 60 Gannets off Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). A Shoveler and 9 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry and a Brambling with 40 Chaffinches at Kick Hill (Brian Harper).


20th - The Hoopoe was still at Lympne, again in the Folks Wood Way area (Phil Sharp). A Little Auk, a Sooty Shearwater, 3 Barnacle Geese, a Curlew, 3 Shoveler, 6 Sandwich Terns, 9 Gadwall, 12 Little Gulls, 13 Red-breasted Mergansers, 19 Pintail, 22 Brent Geese, 38 Wigeon, 39 Dunlin and 45 Shelducks flew west past Princes Parade (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Black Redstart reported at Folkestone Harbour (per RBA).

Hoopoe at Lympne

(Mike Fitch)

Hoopoe at Lympne

(Mike Fitch)

Hoopoe at Lympne

(Elliot Ranford)

Hoopoe at Lympne

(Barry Wright)

19th - The Hoopoe was still at Lympne, seen again at Folks Wood Way and Octavian Drive (Phil Sharp et al). A Golden Plover and 2 Jack Snipe in the Donkey Street area. A Snow Bunting flew west at Abbotscliffe and 30 Chaffinches arrived in off the sea. A Black Redstart at the Hythe Redoubt. A Black Redstart and a Rock Pipit at the Willop Outfall. 5 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry. 7 Swallows at West Hythe. At sea a Goosander, a Red-breasted Merganser, 3 Sandwich Terns, 3 Shelduck, 5 Razorbills, 7 Gadwall, 8 Wigeon, 59 Teal, 84 Brent Geese flew west, and 30 Lapwings arrived in off (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 36 Gannets feeding off Seabrook (Paul Howe).


18th - The Hoopoe again in Lympne, at Folks Wood Way in the morning and at Octavian Drive in the afternoon (Phil Sharp / Ian Roberts). A Golden Plover and 30 White-fronted Geese flew south over Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


17th - A Hoopoe in a garden in Lympne between 13:20 and 13:35, when it was flushed and has not yet been seen again (Phil Sharp). A Sand Martin and 6 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry and a Dunlin and 3 Sandwich Terns at Princes Parade (Brian Harper). A drake Mandarin again at the Willop Basin and 2 Swallows at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).

Hoopoe at Lympne (Phil Sharp)

Hoopoe at Lympne (Phil Sharp)

16th - A Sand Martin and 5 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Rush Veneer and 5 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


15th - A Fulmar, 3 Little Gulls, 21 Sandwich Terns and 31 Common Scoter flew west past Mill Point (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


A Gem, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Rush Veneers at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


14th - The Ring-necked Parakeet again at Cliff Road in Seabrook (Martin Whybrow), having earlier flown east over Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Bramblings, 4 Redpolls, 28 Fieldfares and 152 Redwings at Abbotscliffe and a Jack Snipe at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts). It appears as if the Sabine's Gull may have departed, with no reports of it having been received today.


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 3 Rusty-dot Pearls and 4 Rush Veneers at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and 3 Rush Veneers and 13 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Gem and 7 Rusty-dot Pearls at Cheriton (Brian Harper).

Sabine's Gull at Port Lympne

(Steven Clinch)

Goosanders at Cock Ash Lake

(Tony Poole)

Goosander at Cock Ash Lake

(Elliot Ranford)

The Sprawler at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Little Egret at Folkestone Harbour (Elliot Ranford)

Redshank at Folkestone Harbour

(Elliot Ranford)

Ringed Plovers at Folkestone Beach

(Elliot Ranford)

Harris Hawk at Kick Hill

(Brian Harper)

13th - The juvenile Sabine's Gull reported again at Port Lympne (for at least its 18th day). 3 Dartford Warblers, a Redpoll, 2 Siskins, 5 Goldcrests, 6 Corn Buntings, 7 Reed Buntings, 8 Fieldfares, 15 Blackbirds, 18 Song Thrushes, 20 Wrens, 28 Redwings and 34 Robins at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Tufted Duck and 2 'redhead' Goosanders at Cock Ash Lake, near Sellindge (Tony Poole). A Goosander at Botolph's Bridge, a Shoveler and a Golden Plover at Donkey Street, 15 Sandwich Terns at Hythe Ranges and an escaped Harris Hawk at Kick Hill (Brian Harper). A Firecrest and 3 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). A Kingfisher, a Little Egret, a Rock Pipit, 2 Redshank and 19 Ringed Plovers at Folkestone Harbour (Elliot Ranford). A Woodcock at Capel-le-Ferne and a drake Gadwall and 3 Swallows at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts).


A Vestal and 5 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook, where the Sprawler was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Rush Veneers and 20 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


12th - The juvenile Sabine's Gull reported again at Port Lympne (for at least its 17th day). A Black Redstart at Mill Point, a Jack Snipe at Donkey Street, a Sand Martin and 4 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry, and 3 Swallows at the Willop Basin (Brian Harper). A Black Redstart, 3 Swallows, 5 Reed Buntings and 6 Corn Buntings at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). A Black Redstart at Stade Street groyne, Hythe (Chris Gillard). A male Blackcap and 2 Firecrests in a garden in Folkestone (Mike Fitch).


A Small Mottled Willow, a Rush Veneer and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


11th - The juvenile Sabine's Gull reported again at Port Lympne (for at least its 16th day). A Cattle Egret flew west over Hythe this afternoon and a Barn Owl at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts). A Sand Martin and 25 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry, a Mandarin Duck at the Willop Basin and 2 Firecrests at Enbrook Park (Brian Harper). 3 Swallows and 12 Lapwings at Capel Street (Mark Kennett).


2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


10th - A flock of 11 Cattle Egrets between Donkey Street and Lower Wall, and a Goosander, 20 Yellowhammers and 23 Corn Buntings at Botolph's Bridge (Martin Whybrow). The juvenile Sabine's Gull still at Port Lympne (for at least its 15th day) (Martin Whybrow / Pete Coleman). A Great White Egret in a marshy field near Capel-le-Ferne (Alistair Mackay). 2 Firecrests at Enbrook Park and a Sandwich Tern off Princes Parade (Ian Roberts).


A Small Mottled Willow, a Rusty-dot Pearl and a Rush Veneer at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Cattle Egret at Lower Wall

(Brian Harper)

Cattle Egret at Lower Wall

(Brian Harper)

Cattle Egret at Lower Wall

(Ian Roberts)

Cattle Egrets at Lower Wall

(Ian Roberts)

Sabine's Gull at Port Lympne

(Sean Clancy)

Sabine's Gull at Port Lympne

(Tony Poole)

Sabine's Gull at Port Lympne

(Tony Poole)

Goosander at Cock Ash Lake

(Ian Roberts)

9th - The juvenile Sabine's Gull still at Port Lympne (for its 14th day) (Tony Poole / Neil Frampton / Gary Howard). 2 House Martins and 4 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry. 4 Tree Sparrows at Botolph's Bridge. A Sandwich Tern off the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts). A Blackcap, a Redwing and 2 Stonechats at Church Hougham, where 2 Redpolls flew west (Mark Kennett). 2 Firecrests in a garden in Folkestone (Mike Fitch).

8th - The juvenile Sabine's Gull still at Port Lympne (for its 13th day) (Paul Holt / Neil Frampton). The 'redhead' Goosander still at Cock Ash Lake (Elliot Ranford).


A Small Mottled Willow and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


7th - The juvenile Sabine's Gull was still at Port Lympne (for its 12th day). An adult Little Gull flew west past Princes Parade. A 'redhead' Goosander again at Cock Ash Lake. A Sand Martin, 2 House Martins and 9 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper).


6th - The juvenile Sabine's Gull remains at Port Lympne (Ray O'Reilly), whilst quite remarkably a second juvenile Sabine's Gull flew past Sandgate at 07:35, also a Black Redstart there (Chris Powell).


5th - A Yellow-browed Warbler and a Green Sandpiper at Port Lympne (Pete Coleman), also the juvenile Sabine's Gull still present there (many observers). A Ring Ouzel, a Woodcock and 3 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). A 'redhead' Goosander, 3 Tufted Ducks and 95 Fieldfares at Cock Ash Lake, 6 Snipe and 15 Red-legged Partridges at Shrine Barn and 50 Redwings and 100 Fieldfares at Pent Farm (Ian Roberts). A Kingfisher and a Rock Pipit at Folkestone Harbour arm, also 18 Ringed Plovers on the beach (Elliot Ranford). 9 Brent Geese and 15 Gannets flew past Sandgate (Chris Powell). 6 Tree Sparrows and 10 Corn Buntings with a large Yellowhammer flock at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper).

Sabine's Gull at Port Lympne

(Ray O'Reilly)

Sabine's Gull at Port Lympne

(Trevor Ellery)

Sabine's Gull at Port Lympne

(Steve Ashton)

Ringed Plover at Folkestone Beach

(Elliot Ranford)

4th - The juvenile Sabine's Gull again at Port Lympne (Pete Coleman). A Ring Ouzel, a Fieldfare, 2 Blackcaps and 2 Redwings at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt / Phil Smith). A Snow Bunting, 2 Bramblings, 6 Stock Doves, 20 Redpolls, 57 Meadow Pipits, 60 Siskins and 358 Goldfinches flew east at Abbotscliffe, also a Snipe, a Corn Bunting and 5 Reed Buntings there (Ian Roberts / Mark Kennett).


A Rusty-dot Pearl and a Rush Veneer at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Clouded Yellow at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). A Grey Seal off Hythe (Glenn Tutton).

Sabine's Gull at Port Lympne

(Elliot Ranford)

Sabine's Gull at Port Lympne

(Elliot Ranford)

Sabine's Gull at Port Lympne

(Elliot Ranford)

Sabine's Gull at Port Lympne

(Ian Roberts)

3rd - A juvenile Sabine's Gull in the car park at Port Lympne (Pete Coleman). An Arctic Tern, 3 Sandwich Terns, 5 Sooty Shearwaters, 16 Kittiwakes and 87 Gannets flew west past Mill Point, whilst 220 Starlings arrived in off the sea (Ian Roberts). A Short-eared Owl at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).

2nd - 2 Corn Buntings, 5 Teal, 25 Yellowhammers and 50 Skylarks at Botolph's Bridge. 2 Swallows and 3 Stonechats at Nickolls Quarry, where 2 Redpolls flew over. 2 Lapwings at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).


1st - A Curlew, a Sandwich Tern, a Great Crested Grebe, 10 Gannets and 12 Brent Geese flew west past Sandgate (Chris Powell). 3 Common Scoter, 7 Brent Geese and 12 Gannets flew west past Princes Parade (Ian Roberts).


A Rusty-dot Pearl and 2 Scarce Bordered Straws at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

January to October 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