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Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 12th March

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The 2022 area bird list is 121 species (127 at the same time last year).

12th - A male Blackcap at Samphire Hoe, where 24 Red-throated Divers and 60 Gannets flew past (Mark Kennett). A male Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone (Mike Fitch). A pair of Blackcaps in a garden in Folkestone (Elliot Ranford). A male Blackcap singing in a garden in Cheriton and a Woodcock, a Peregrine and a Red-legged Partridge at Little Stone Wood (Brian Harper). A Green Sandpiper at Botolph's Bridge and a Chiffchaff singing at the Willop Sewage Works (Ian Roberts).

March Moth at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

11th - A drake Gadwall, a Water Rail and 4 Goosanders on the canal by the Hotel Imperial golf course. 4 Lapwings and 100+ Fieldfares at Pent Farm (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 2 Blackcaps at the Lower Leas (Mike Fitch).

9th - A Black-tailed Godwit, a Turnstone, 3 Dunlin, 10 Lesser Black-backed Gulls, 270 Brent Geese and 600 Cormorants flew east past Princes Parade (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Long-eared Owl, a Chiffchaff, a Little Egret and 4 Teal in the Aldergate Bridge area (Dylan Wrathall).

8th - A Dunlin and 3 Avocets flew east past Princes Parade (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

7th - A very vocal Chiffchaff in a garden along Hythe Seafront appeared to be a new arrival (Ian Roberts). A Barn Owl at Botolph's Bridge and a Little Egret, 2 Canada Geese, 3 Ravens and 3 Teal between Aldergate Bridge and West Hythe dam (Dylan Wrathall).

6th - A drake Pochard at Nickolls Quarry, 2 Woodcock at Lympne Park Wood and 23 Lapwings at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts).

5th - The Hume's Warbler and a Firecrest still at Enbrook Park (Ian Roberts). 40 Gannets, 62 Red-throated Divers and 115 Brent Geese flew east past Seabrook, also 144 Red-throated Divers and 544 Great Crested Grebes offshore (Paul Howe).

4th - A Ringed Plover, 27 Brent Geese and 419 Red-throated Divers flew east past Seabrook, also 266 Great Crested Grebes offshore there (Paul Howe). 2 Egyptian Geese and 6 Tufted Ducks at Cock Ash Lake (Ian Roberts).

Small Quaker at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

3rd - 33 Gannets and 76 Red-throated Divers flew east past Seabrook, also 389 Great Crested Grebes on the sea there and a Cetti's Warbler singing along the canal (Paul Howe). A Shelduck flew east past Mill Point (Ian Roberts).

2nd - At least 314 Great Crested Grebes off Hythe/Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Chiffchaffs, 4 Little Egrets and 4 Canada Geese between the Aldergate Bridge and West Hythe dam (Dylan Wrathall / Ian Roberts).

Belated news of a an adult Pretty Chalk Carpet seen and photographed at Folkestone Warren on the exceptionally early date of 21st February (Brad Foster). The previous earliest local records were on the 22nd April (in 2014 and 2019).

1st - The Hume's Warbler and 1+ Firecrest still at Enbrook Park, also a Kingfisher at the Aldergate Bridge (Bernard Boothroyd / John Tilby). 2 Black-tailed Godwits flew east past the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts). 133 Great Crested Grebes off Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Firecrest in a garden in Folkestone (Mike Fitch). An Oystercatcher, 4 Common Scoters, 52 Red-throated Divers and 995 Cormorants flew east past Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).

Hume's Warbler at Enbrook Park

(Barry Wright)

Hume's Warbler at Enbrook Park

(Brian Harper:

Goldcrest at the Lower Leas

(Jason Baker)

Buzzard at the Lower Leas

(Steve Wood)

The 2022 Folkestone and Hythe Bird Report and the 2022 Folkestone and Hythe Lepidoptera Report are now available as free downloads by clicking on the images opposite.

January to February 2023 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