Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 17th August
The 2019 area bird year list is 176 species (184 species at the same time last year)
17th - A Little Egret, a Fulmar, 2 Whinchats, 4 Wheatears and 4 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins / Barry Woolhouse).

16th - A Wheatear and 5 Whitethroats at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley).

A Gypsy Moth at Seabrook, where Pammene aurita (Sycamore Piercer) was new for the year (Paul Howe) and good numbers of Painted Ladies at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley).

15th - A flock of 7 Ravens at Crete Road West (Mark Kennett).

A Silver-spotted Skipper and 2 Long-tailed Blues in the Folkestone area.

14th - 3 Wheatears at Church Hougham (Mark Kennett).

13th - A Marsh Harrier, a Sedge Warbler, 2 Willow Warblers, 6 Lesser Whitethroats and 14 Whitethroats at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). Single Wheatears at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay) and Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith).

12th - A Latticed Heath and a Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

11th - An Oak Processionary at Hythe (Sean Clancy).

10th - A Great Skua flew past Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins).

A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).  

9th - A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Dusky Hook-tip at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

8th - A Cuckoo at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Wheatear at Cheriton Hill (Alfie Gay).

A Bedstraw Hawk-moth, a Golden Twin-spot and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe, where Agriphila geniculea (Elbow-streak Grass-veneer) was new for the year (Ian Roberts), as was Orange Swift at Cheriton (Brian Harper). A very good count of 51 Straw Belles at Folkestone Downs this afternoon (Alfie Gay).

Bedstraw Hawk-moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Stenolechia gemmella at Cheriton (Brian Harper)

7th - A Ringed Plover, a Wheatear, a Willow Warbler, 3 Lesser Whitethroats, 5 Black Redstarts and 6 Whitethroats at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). A Fulmar off Seabrook (Martin Whybrow).

A Dark Sword-grass and 4 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Stenolechia gemmella (Black-dotted Groundling) at Cheriton was new for the area, whilst Ypsolopha dentella (Honeysuckle Moth) there was new for the year (Brian Harper).

6th - A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

5th - A Scarce Chocolate-tip, a Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at West Hythe, where Small Scallop, Straw Underwing, Bulrush Wainscot and Nemapogon clematella (Barred White Clothes Moth) were new for the year. 
A Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe and several Gypsy Moths recently at Cheriton (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) and 3 Gypsy Moths at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Gypsy Moth at Hythe (Sean Clancy). A Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) at Saltwood (Colin Dunster).

Scarce Chocolate-tip at West Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Beautiful Marbled at Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

White-banded Carpet at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Striped Hawk-moth near Dover

(Tony Rouse)

4th - A Hobby and 100 Mediterranean Gulls at Palmarsh (Ian Roberts).

A Gypsy Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

3rd - A Willow Warbler at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 

A Beautiful Marbled at Samphire Hoe, where The Crescent and Acleris aspersana (Ginger Button) were new for the year (Darren Taylor / Ian Roberts). A Dusky Hook-tip and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Gypsy Moth at Cheriton (Rachael & Jon Marshall). Swammerdamia pyrella at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper). A White-banded Carpet at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

2nd - A Hobby at Palmarsh (Paul Howe).

A Striped Hawk-moth near Dover (Tony Rouse / Fred Butcher). A Gypsy Moth, a Four-spotted, a Double Lobed, a Rush Veneer, 3 Tree-lichen Beauty, 5 Silver Ys and 26 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe where Agriphila inquinatella (Barred Grass-veneer) was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Gypsy Moth and 3 Tree-lichen Beauty at Saltwood (Colin Dunster). 2 Gypsy Moths, 2 Rusty-dot Pearls and 31 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, where Ypsolopha horridella (Dark Smudge) was new for the year (Paul Howe).

1st - 240 Swifts flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Wheatears at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley).

A Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer), a Latticed Heath, a Rusty-dot Pearl and 4 Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn) at Saltwood, where Small Rufous, Acompsia cinerella (Ash-coloured Crest), Argyresthia albistra (Purple Argent) and Agriphila selasella (Pale-streak Grass-veneer) were new for the year (James Lowen / Will Soar / Ian Roberts), whilst Crocidosema plebejana (Southern Bell) at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and Reed Dagger at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were also additions to the year list.


31st - A Rush Veneer at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and a Four-spotted at Hythe Roughs (Darren Taylor).

30th - The first area record of Brussels Lace and a Dark Crimson Underwing at Cheriton. Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer), a Small Mottled Willow, and a Rush Veneer at Hythe. 3 Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) at Folks' Wood, where additions to the year list included Ypsolopha nemorella (Hooked Smudge), Agonopterix ocellana (Red-letter Flat-body), Athrips mouffetella (Dotted Grey Groundling) and Mompha propinquella (Marbled Cosmet) (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Blair's Mocha at Saltwood (Colin Dunster). A Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) at Seabrook, where Argyresthia trifasciata (Triple-barred Argent) and Bactra furfana (Mottled Marble) were new for the year (Paul Howe).

Brussels Lace at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Dark Crimson Underwing at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Cydia amplana at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Loxostege sticticalis at Saltwood

(Brian Harper)

29th - A Cuckoo at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt) and a Wheatear at Mill Point (Neil Frampton).

A Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook, where Dichrorampha simpliciana (Round-winged Drill) was new for the year (Paul Howe).  A Rusty-dot Pearl and 2 Rush Veneers at Hythe, where Cosmopterix pulchrimella (Pellitory Cosmet) was new for the year (Ian Roberts).Tawny Speckled Pug at Seabrook was also new (Brian Harper). 8 Chalk Carpets and 23 Straw Belles at Folkestone Downs, also an early second brood Adonis Blue there (Alfie Gay).

28th - A Green Sandpiper and a Common Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry and 2 Common Sandpipers at Hythe Redoubt (Brian Harper).

A Blair's Mocha and 2 Dark Sword-grass at Hythe (Ian Roberts).  

27th - The Olive at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper), as were Bucculatrix nigricomella (Daisy Bent-wing), Rhopobota naevana (Holly Tortrix) and Twin-spotted Wainscot at Hythe, where 2 Dark Sword-grass were of note (Ian Roberts). A Golden Twin-spot at Seabrook, where Twin-spotted Wainscot and Lesser-spotted Pinion was new (Paul Howe).

26th - A Three-humped Prominent near Dover was only the second area record and the first since one at Folkestone in 1955 (Tony Rouse). A Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) and 2 Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn) at Cheriton (Brian Harper). A Sciota hostilis (Scarce Aspen Knot-horn) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). The first Chalk Hill Blue of the year at Round Hill (Alfie Gay).

Three-humped Prominent near Dover (Tony Rouse)

Dark Crimson Underwing at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Honey Buzzard at Samphire Hoe
(Phil Smith)

Hobby at Hythe (Glenn Tutton)

25th - A Dark Crimson Underwing at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Loxostege sticticalis (Diamond-spot Pearl) at Saltwood, where Dusky Thorn, Pediasia contaminella (Waste Grass-veneer), Epinotia brunnichana (Large Birch Bell) and Anacampsis blatteriella (Birch Sober) were new for the year, also a Dotted Footman at Cheriton (Brian Harper). 2 Straw Belles at Folkestone Warren (Alfie Gay). A Sussex Emerald at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

24th - 16 Sand Martins flew west at Abbotscliffe, also 24 Whitethroats there (Mark Kennett).

A Vestal at Hythe. A Nomophila noctuella (Rush Veneer) and 3 Dark Sword-grass at Capel-le-Ferne, where Annulet, Wormwood, Apodia bifractella (Dark Fleabane Neb) and Acompsia schmidtiellus (Marjoram Crest) were new for the year, also 2 Straw Belles there (Kevin Button / Ian Roberts). Clavigestis purdeyi (Pine Leaf-mining Moth) and Bucculatrix thoracella (Lime Bent-wing) at Cheriton were also additions to the year list (Brian Harper), as were Batrachedra preangusta (Poplar Cosmet) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Brown-line Bright-eye, Platyptilia gonodactyla (Triangle Plume) and Ancylosis oblitella (Saltmarsh Knot-horn) at Samphire Hoe (Fred Butcher / Tony Rouse).

23rd - A Honey Buzzard flew west over Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith) and a Hobby flew over Hythe (Glenn Tutton).

2 Dark Crimson Underwings and a Delicate at Folkestone Warren, where additions to the year list included The Magpie, Least Yellow Underwing, Blastobasis rebeli (Marsh Dowd), Teleiodes sequax (Barred Groundling), Grapholita janthinana (Pale-bordered Piercer) and Achroia grisella (Lesser Wax Moth). The first Straw Belle of the year at Folkestone Downs (Rob Lee / Kevin Button / Alfie Gay / Ian Roberts). A Double Lobed at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

22nd - 3 Sand Martins flew west at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).

2 Gypsy Moths at Cheriton (Brian Harper). Pediasia aridella (Saltmarsh Grass-veneer), Pyrausta nigrata (Wavy-barred Sable), Ypsolopha scabrella (Wainscot Smudge), Depressaria badella (Brown Flat-body), Cochylis roseana (Rosy Conch) and Copper Underwing at Peene Quarry were also new for the year (Rob Lee), as were Garden Tiger and Brown-veined Wainscot at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

20th - Golden Twin-spot and Chilo phragmitella (Reed Veneer) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

19th - Evergestis pallidata (Chequered Pearl) at Hythe and Saltern Ear at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.

18th - 
The Blackneck, August Thorn, Minor Shoulder-knot and Yponomeuta plumbella (Black-tipped Ermine) at Peene were new for the year, also a Sub-angled Wave and 6 Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) there, and Rosy Rustic at Cheriton was also new for the year (Brian Harper), as was Plodia interpunctella (Indian Meal Moth) at Saltwood (Colin Dunster) and Hoary Footman at Seabrook (Paul Howe)..

The Blackneck at Peene

(Brian Harper)

Sub-angled Wave at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Pempeliella ornatella at Folkestone Warren (Kevin Button)

Catoptria verellus at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

17th - A Lapwing flew over Folkestone Warren (Kevin Button / Ian Roberts).

Sub-angled Wave, Sallow Kitten, Moitrelia obductella (Kent Knot-horn), Pempeliella ornatella (Ornate Knot-horn) and Sitochroa palealis (Sulphur Pearl) at Folkestone Warren were new for the year. A Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) and 2 Tree-lichen Beauty at Hythe (Kevin Button / Ian Roberts). A Silver-washed Fritillary at Folks' Wood (Clive Nuttman).

16th - Small Wainscot at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe) and was Chalk Carpet at Cheriton Hill (Alfie Gay).

15th - A
Bordered Straw at Hythe (Ian Roberts), whilst Anania verbascalis (Golden Pearl) at Cheriton was also new for the year (Brian Harper), as were Canary-shouldered Thorn, Rhodophaea formosa (Beautiful Knot-horn) and Acrobasis advenella (Grey Knot-horn) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Bordered Straw at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Crescent Dart at Saltwood

(Colin Dunster)

Bisigna procerella at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Six-belted Clearwings at Folkestone Warren (Butterfly Conservation Kent)

14th - Plain Pug at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

13th - The 13th area record (but only the 21st for Britain) of Pale-shouldered Cloud at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and first area record of Crescent Dart at Saltwood (Colin Dunster). The Vapourer, Dioryctria sylvestrella (New Pine Knot-horn), Acleris umbrana (Dark-streaked Button) and Syncopacma taeniolella (Silver-barred Sober) at Seabrook were also new for the year (Paul Howe).

Pale-shouldered Cloud at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Sussex Emerald at Hythe Ranges

(Ian Roberts)

Aristotelia brizella at Hythe Ranges

(Ian Roberts)

Cydalima perspectalis at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

12th - The first returning Willow Warbler in a garden in Hythe (Sean McMinn).

A Sciota hostilis (Scarce Aspen Knot-horn) at Seabrook, where Assara terebrella (Dark Spruce Knot-horn) and Yponomeuta rorrella (Willow Ermine) were also new for the year (Paul Howe). A presumed immigrant Agrotera nemoralis (Beautiful Pearl) at Hythe, also a Cydalima perspectalis (Box Tree Moth) there, whilst Catoptria falsella (Chequered Grass-veneer) and Agriphila tristella (Common Grass-veneer) at Newingreen were new for the year (Ian Roberts), as were Small Purple-barred, Mouse Moth and Pammene fasciana (Acorn Piercer) at Cheriton (Brian Harper).

11th - Gatekeeper, Ringlet and Small Skipper at Peene Quarry were new for the year (Clive Nuttman), as were Scarce Silver-lines at Cheriton (Brian Harper), Fen Wainscot at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Acleris sparsana at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 

10th - Pygmy Footman, Dusky Sallow, Rosy Minor, White-line Dart, Aristotelia brizella (Thrift Neb), Caryocolum vicinella (Coast Groundling), Caryocolum marmoreal (Beautiful Groundling), Celypha cespitana (Thyme Marble) and Scoparia subfusca (Large Grey) at Hythe Ranges were new for the year (Ian Roberts), as was Bordered Pug at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

9th - Pine Carpet at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

8th - A Honey Buzzard flew over Palmarsh (Paul Howe).

Eudonia truncicolella (Ground-moss Grey) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe), as was Epermenia chaerophyllella (Garden Lance-wing) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

7th - Oak Eggar and Small Square-spot at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe), as were Jersey Tiger and Opostega salaciella (Sorrel Bent-wing) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

6th - Dotted Fan-foot and Pempelia palumbella (Heather Knot-horn) at West Hythe were new species for the area, whilst Clay Fan-foot, Bordered Beauty, Lunar-spotted Pinion, Bisigna procerella (Kent Tubic), Cosmopterix scribaiella (New Marsh Cosmet), Dichomeris alacella (Lichen Crest), Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla (Rose Plume), Orthotelia sparganella (Reed Fanner) and Monochroa palustrellus (Wainscot Neb) were amongst numerous additions to the year list there, and Grass Emerald at Hythe was also new for the year (Ian Roberts).

Dotted Fan-foot at West Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Pempelia palumbella at West Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Clay Fan-foot at West Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Cosmopterix scrobaiella at West Hythe (Ian Roberts)

5th - A Cuckoo at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Dark Umber, Slender Brindle and Wormwood Pug at Kiln Wood were new for the year, also a Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) there and Orange-tailed Clearwing at Hythe was also new for the year (Ian Roberts).

4th - Cydalima perspectalis (Box Tree Moth), Acleris forsskaleana (Maple Button), Acleris variegana (Garden Rose Tortrix) and Triple-spotted Clay at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe), as was Marbled Green at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

3rd - The Spinach and Pandemis heparana (Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

2nd - A Honey Buzzard flew east at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).

Leopard Moth, Orange Moth, Round-winged Muslin, the Suspected, Oxyptilus parvidactyla (Small Plume), Merrifieldia baliodactylus (Dingy White Plume), Stenoptilia zophodactylus (Dowdy Plume), Cnephasia longana (Long-winged Shade), Celypha rufana (Lakes Marble), Delplanqueia inscriptella (Brown Powdered Knot-horn) and Eudonia lineola (White-line Grey) were amongst several additions to the year list at Samphire Hoe, also a  Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) there (Kevin Button / Ian Roberts). Acleris kochiella (Elm Button) at Seabrook was also new for the year (Paul Howe).

1st - Sussex Emerald and Sophronia semicostella (White-shouldered Sober) at Hythe were new for the year (Ian Roberts).

January to June 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).