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Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 27th July

The 2021 area bird list is 188 species (180 at the same time last year)

27th - A Corn Bunting at Abbotscliffe, where a Hobby and 2 Grey Herons flew west (Elliot Ranford).


Bordered Beauty and Webb's Wainscot at Brockhill Country Park (Ian Roberts) and Eudemis profundana at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.


26th - A Willow Warbler and 2 Corn Buntings at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). 70 Swifts flew west over Hythe (Glenn Tutton).


Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn) and Epiblema foenella (White-foot Bell) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Hellinsia carphodactyla (Citron Plume) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.


25th - A Whinchat and 2 Corn Buntings at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Grey Heron flew out to sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Dark Sword-grass and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Cheriton, where Brachmia blandella (Gorse Crest) and Caloptilia betulicola (Red Birch Slender) were new for the year (Ian Roberts / Sam & Vincent Lloyd / Chris Gillard). Large Emerald, Saltern Ear, Dioryctria sylvestrella (New Pine Knot-horn) and Dichrorampha simpliciana (Round-winged Drill) at Seabrook were also new for the year (Paul Howe).


23rd - A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Standford North (Julie Lees). Yellow-tail at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


22nd - 2 Yellow Wagtails at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).


The first modern area record of Broom-tip at Seabrook, where Black Arches and Scoparia basistrigalis (Base-lined Grey) were new for the year (Paul Howe), as were Dusky Broacde at Abbotscliffe and Dingy Footman, Argyresthia retinella (Netted Argent) and Coleophora albitarsella (White-legged Case-bearer at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Broom-tip at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Tebenna micalis at Hythe Ranges (Rob Lee)

Bisigna procerella at Hythe Ranges (Rob Lee)

Pempeliella ornatella at Folkestone Warren (Rob Lee)

21st - A Hobby hunting at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Old Lady at Cheriton (Tony Poole) and Folkestone (Cathy Hearsey) was new for the year.


20th - A Common Sandpiper and a Whimbrel at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts / Rob Lee).


A Tebenna micalis (Vagrant Twitcher), a Pale-shouldered Cloud, a Four-spotted and a Delicate at Hythe Ranges, where Grass Emerald, Monopis imella (Felt Clothes Moth), Caryocolum vicinella (Coast Groundling), Acleris umbrana (Dark-streaked Button), Aethes dilucidana (Short-barred Yellow Conch) and Anerastia lotella (Sandhill Knot-horn) were among the additions to the moth year list (Ian Roberts / Rob Lee), as were Pine Carpet, Canary-shouldered Thorn, Parachronistis albiceps (Wood Groundling), Anarsia innoxiella (Acer Sober) and Pandemis heperana (Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and a Dark Umber at Cheriton (Brian Harper). Four White-letter Hairstreaks at Cheriton Hill, Folkestone Downs, where Essex Skipper was new for the year (Alfie Gay / Tony Poole).


19th - A Honey Buzzard flew west over Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


Splendid Brocade and Pammene aurita (Sycamore Piercer) at Seabrook (Paul Howe), the Lackey, Sub-angled Wave, Wood Carpet, Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla (Rose Plume), Acleris holmiana (White-triangle Button), Moitrelia obductella (Kent Knot-horn), Pempeliella ornatella (Ornate Knot-horn) and Delplanqueia inscriptella (Brown Powdered Knot-horn) at Folkestone Warren and Stathmopoda pedella (Alder Signal) at Hythe (Ian Roberts / Rob Lee) were among numerous additions to the moth year list. A Silver-washed Fritillary at Brockhill Country Park (Tony Poole).

Splendid Brocade at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Red-tipped Clearwing at Sellindge (Derek Smith)

Six-spot Burnet at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole)

Clouded Yellow at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole)

18th - Red-tipped Clearwing and Red-belted Clearwing at Sellindge (Derek Smith), Small Rufous, Least Yellow Underwing, Acleris sparsana (Ashy Button) and Cochylis dubitana (Little Conch) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Dusky Sallow and Square-spot Rustic at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.


17th - A Black Stork flew east over Folkestone (Ian Roberts).


6 Clouded Yellows at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole / Ian Roberts). Athrips mouffetella (Dotted Grey Groundling) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


16th - The first Gatekeepers of the year at Folkestone Warren (Tony Poole) and a Clouded Yellow flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe). The Phoenix, Dingy Shears, Rhyacionia pinicolana (Orange-spotted Shoot) and Acrocercops brongniardella (Brown Oak Slender) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Phycitodes maritima (Chalk Knot-horn) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were among the additions to the moth year list.


15th - A Black Stork spent a while circling over the Crete Road East area (having earlier flown west over Dover) before drifting north over Hawkinge (Ian Roberts).


Yponomeuta rorrella (Willow Ermine), Batia lambdella (Greater Tawny Tubic), Zeiraphera isertana (Cock's-head Bell) and Purple Clay at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Tree-lichen Beauty and Udea prunalis (Dusky Pearl) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

Black Stork at Crete Road East

(Ian Roberts)

Northern Rustic at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt)

The Blackneck at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

14th - Northern Rustic at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt), Marbled Green, Celypha roseana (Roseate Marble) and Lobesia abscisana (Smoky-barred Marble) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Jersey Tiger and Cochylidia rupicola (Hemp-agrimony Conch) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were among the additions to the moth year list.


13th - A Lapwing and a Hobby at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith / Paul Holt). A Hobby at Seabrook, where a Little Egret flew west and 47 Swallows flew east (Paul Howe).


A White Admiral at Castle Hill was a good record for the site (Alfie Gay). Six-belted Clearwing, Small Rivulet, Ostrinia nubilalis (European Corn-borer), Anania crocealis (Ochreous Pearl) and Acrobasis advenella (Grey Knot-horn) at Seabrook were new for the year, whilst 17 Silver Ys and 23 Diamond-backs were of note (Paul Howe). The Blackneck and Acleris schalleriana (Viburnum Button) at Hythe were new, whilst 13 Diamond-backs and 39 Silver Ys were of note (Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Saltwood (Sean Clancy).


12th - Anarsia spartiella (Small Crest), Cnephasia incertana (Light Grey Tortrix) and Slender Brindle at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).


11th - Archips xylosteana (Variegated Golden Tortrix) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer), Four-spotted Footman and Kent Black Arches at the Aldergate Bridge (Ian Roberts / Kevin Button / Darren Taylor) were among the additions to the moth year list.


10th - A Gem at Seabrook, where Bisigna procerella (Kent Tubic), Lozotaenoides formosanus (Orange Pine Twist), Chilo phragmitella (Wainscot Veneer) and Common Emerald were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Gem and a Four-spotted at Hythe, where Grapholita funebrana (Plum Fruit Moth), Dolicharthria punctalis (Long-legged China-mark), Acrobasis suavella (Thicket Knot-horn) and Small Emerald were new for the year (Ian Roberts).


9th - A male Gem, Sussex Emerald, Pigmy Footman, Cloaked Minor, Coleophora galbulipennella (Kent Case-bearer) and Celypha cespitana (Thyme Marble) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Yponomeuta cagnagella (Spindle Ermine) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.

The Gem at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Sussex Emerald at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Swallow-tailed Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Argyresthia brockeella at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

8th - The Vapourer, Swallow-tailed Moth, Argyresthia brockeella (Gold-ribbon Argent) and Phycitoides binaevella (Ermine Knot-horn) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).


7th - Hypsopygia glaucinalis (Double-striped Tabby) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


5th - White Admiral and Silver-washed Fritillary at Folks' Wood were new for the year (Tony Poole).

Silver-washed Fritillary at

Folks' Wood (Tony Poole)

Elephant Hawk-moth at

Cheriton (Tony Poole)

Blastobasis rebeli at

Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Cochylimorpha alternana at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

4th - Small Ranunculus at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Blue-bordered Carpet at Folkestone (Cathy Hearsey) were new for the year.


3rd - A Common Sandpiper flew over Folkestone Warren at 03:00 (Ian Roberts).


There were numerous additions to the moth year list including the third and fourth area and vice-county records of Blastobasis rebeli (Marsh Dowd), Agonopterix angelicella (Angelica Flat-body), Cochylimorpha alternana (Kentish Conch), Mecyna asinalis (Coastal Pearl), Cynaeda dentalis (Starry Pearl), Chalk Carpet, Orange Moth and Rest Harrow at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts / Kevin Button). Cynaeda dentalis (Starry Pearl) and Rest Harrow were also recorded at Samphire Hoe, where Stenoptilia pterodactyla (Brown Plume) and Green Silver-lines were among other additions (Fred Butcher / Tony Rouse).


2nd - Endothenia gentianaeana (Teasel Marble) and Plain Golden Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Plumed Fan-foot and Pyralis farinalis (Meal Moth) were new for the year.


1st - Bohemannia quadrimaculella (Four-spot Pigmy), Epermenia chaerophyllella (Golden Lance-wing) and Short-cloaked Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Helcystogramma rufescens (Orange Crest) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

January to June 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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