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Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

The Folkestone & Hythe area bird list currently stands at 301 species.

The list is based on the sequence, taxonomy and vernacular names contained within the International Ornithological Congress (IOC) World Bird List, as adopted by the British Ornithologists’ Union from the 1st January 2018. Click on any species highlighted in blue to access the species account.


This first section contains all category A, B and C species, defined as follows: 

Category A: species recorded locally in an apparently natural state at least once since 1 January 1950.

Category B: species recorded locally in an apparently natural state at least once between 1800 and 1949, but have not been recorded subsequently.

Category C1: naturalised introduced: species that have occurred only as a result of introduction, e.g. Egyptian Goose.

Category C2: naturalised established: species with established populations resulting from introduction, but which also occur in an apparently natural state, e.g. Greylag Goose.

Category C3: naturalised re-established: species with populations successfully re-established in areas of former occurrence, e.g. Red Kite.

Category C4: naturalised feral: domesticated species with populations established in the wild, e.g. Rock Dove/Feral Pigeon.

Category C5: vagrant naturalised: species from established naturalised populations abroad. There are currently no species in category C5 that have occurred in Britain.

Category C6: former naturalised: species formerly placed in C1 whose naturalised populations are either no longer self-sustaining or are considered extinct.


The status for each species is defined as follows: 

Very rare: has occurred locally on between one and 15 occasions.

Rare: has occurred locally on between 16 and 50 occasions.

Scarce: has occurred locally on more than 50 occasions but on less than ten occasions per year on average.

1. Red-legged Partridge

2. Grey Partridge

3. Quail

4. Pheasant

5. Brent Goose

6. Canada Goose

7. Barnacle Goose

8. Snow Goose

9. Greylag Goose

10. Pink-footed Goose

11. Tundra Bean Goose

12. White-fronted Goose

13. Mute Swan

14. Bewick's Swan

15. Whooper Swan

16. Egyptian Goose

17. Shelduck

18. Mandarin Duck

19. Garganey

20. Shoveler

21. Gadwall

22. Wigeon

23. Mallard

24. Pintail

25. Teal

26. Pochard

27. Tufted Duck

28. Scaup

29. Eider

30. Velvet Scoter

31. Common Scoter

32. Long-tailed Duck

33. Goldeneye

34. Smew

35. Goosander

36. Red-breasted Merganser

37. Ruddy Duck

38. Nightjar

39. Alpine Swift

40. Swift

41. Pallid Swift

42. Cuckoo

43. Feral Pigeon

44. Stock Dove

45. Woodpigeon

46. Turtle Dove

47. Collared Dove

48. Water Rail

49. Corncrake

50. Baillon's Crake

51. Spotted Crake

52. Moorhen

53. Coot

54. Crane

55. Little Grebe

56. Red-necked Grebe

57. Great Crested Grebe

58. Slavonian Grebe

59. Black-necked Grebe

60. Stone Curlew

61. Oystercatcher

62. Black-winged Stilt

63. Avocet

64. Lapwing

65. Golden Plover

66. Grey Plover

67. Ringed Plover

68. Little Ringed Plover

69. Dotterel

70. Whimbrel

71. Curlew

72. Bar-tailed Godwit

73. Black-tailed Godwit

74. Turnstone

75. Knot

76. Ruff

77. Curlew Sandpiper

78. Temminck's Stint

79. Sanderling

80. Dunlin

81. Purple Sandpiper

82. Little Stint

83. Woodcock

84. Jack Snipe

85. Snipe

86. Red-necked Phalarope

87. Grey Phalarope

88. Common Sandpiper

89. Green Sandpiper

90. Redshank

91. Wood Sandpiper

92. Spotted Redshank

93. Greenshank

94. Collared Pratincole

95. Kittiwake

96. Sabine's Gull

97. Black-headed Gull

98. Little Gull

99. Mediterranean Gull

100. Common Gull

101. Ring-billed Gull

102. Great Black-backed Gull

103. Glaucous Gull

104. Iceland Gull

105. Herring Gull

106. Caspian Gull

107. Yellow-legged Gull

108. Lesser Black-backed Gull

109. Gull-billed Tern

110. Caspian Tern

111. Lesser Crested Tern

112. Sandwich Tern

113. Little Tern

114. Roseate Tern

115. Common Tern

116. Arctic Tern

117. Forster's Tern

118. White-winged Black Tern

119. Black Tern

120. Great Skua

121. Pomarine Skua

122. Arctic Skua

123. Long-tailed Skua

124. Little Auk

125. Guillemot

126. Razorbill

127. Puffin

128. Red-throated Diver

129. Black-throated Diver

130. Great Northern Diver

131. Storm Petrel

132. Leach's Petrel

133. Fulmar

134. Cory's Shearwater

135. Sooty Shearwater

136. Manx Shearwater

137. Balearic Shearwater

138. Black Stork

139. White Stork

140. Gannet

141. Shag

142. Cormorant

143. Glossy Ibis

144. Spoonbill

145. Bittern

146. Night Heron

147. Green Heron

148. Squacco Heron

149. Chinese Pond Heron

150. Cattle Egret

151. Grey Heron

152. Purple Heron

153. Great White Egret

154. Little Egret

155. Osprey

156. Honey Buzzard

157. Sparrowhawk

158. Goshawk

159. Marsh Harrier

160. Hen Harrier

161. Montagu's Harrier

162. Red Kite

163. Black Kite

164. White-tailed Eagle

165. Rough-legged Buzzard

166. Buzzard

167. Barn Owl

168. Tawny Owl

169. Little Owl

170. Long-eared Owl

171. Short-eared Owl

172. Hoopoe

173. Kingfisher

174. Blue-cheeked Bee-eater

175. Bee-eater

176. Wryneck

177. Lesser Spotted Woodpecker

178. Great Spotted Woodpecker

179. Green Woodpecker

180. Kestrel

181. Red-footed Falcon

182. Merlin

183. Hobby

184. Gyr Falcon

185. Peregrine

186. Ring-necked Parakeet

187. Red-backed Shrike

188. Great Grey Shrike

189. Woodchat Shrike

190. Golden Oriole

191. Jay

192. Magpie

193. Jackdaw

194. Rook

195. Carrion Crow

196. Hooded Crow

197. Raven

198. Waxwing

199. Coal Tit

200. Marsh Tit

201. Willow Tit

202. Blue Tit

203. Great Tit

204. Bearded Tit

205. Woodlark

206. Skylark

207. Shore Lark

208. Sand Martin

209. Swallow

210. House Martin

211. Red-rumped Swallow

212. Cetti's Warbler

213. Long-tailed Tit

214. Wood Warbler

215. Yellow-browed Warbler

216. Pallas's Warbler

217. Dusky Warbler

218. Willow Warbler

219. Chiffchaff

220. Greenish Warbler

221. Arctic Warbler

222. Sedge Warbler

223. Reed Warbler

224. Marsh Warbler

225. Booted Warbler

226. Melodious Warbler

227. Icterine Warbler

228. Grasshopper Warbler

229. Blackcap

230. Garden Warbler

231. Barred Warbler

232. Lesser Whitethroat

233. Asian Desert Warbler

234. Whitethroat

235. Dartford Warbler

236. Firecrest

237. Goldcrest

238. Wren

239. Nuthatch

240. Treecreeper

241. Short-toed Treecreeper

242. Rose-coloured Starling

243. Starling

244. Ring Ouzel

245. Blackbird

246. Fieldfare

247. Redwing

248. Song Thrush

249. Mistle Thrush

250. Spotted Flycatcher

251. Robin

252. Bluethroat

253. Thrush Nightingale

254. Nightingale

255. Pied Flycatcher

256. Red-breasted Flycatcher

257. Black Redstart

258. Redstart

259. Whinchat

260. Stonechat

261. Wheatear

262. Isabelline Wheatear

263. Desert Wheatear

264. Dipper

265. House Sparrow

266. Tree Sparrow

267. Dunnock

268. Yellow Wagtail

269. Grey Wagtail

270. Pied Wagtail

271. Richard's Pipit

272. Tawny Pipit

273. Meadow Pipit

274. Tree Pipit

275. Olive-backed Pipit

276. Water Pipit

277. Rock Pipit

278. Chaffinch

279. Brambling

280. Hawfinch

281. Bullfinch

282. Common Rosefinch

283. Greenfinch

284. Twite

285. Linnet

286. Common Redpoll

287. Lesser Redpoll

288. Crossbill

289. Goldfinch

290. Serin

291. Siskin

292. Lapland Bunting

293. Snow Bunting

294. Corn Bunting

295. Yellowhammer

296. Ortolan Bunting

297. Cirl Bunting

298. Reed Bunting

299. Dark-eyed Junco

This section contains the latest additions to Category A.

This section contains all Category D species, defined as follows:

Species that would otherwise appear in Category A except that there is reasonable doubt that they have ever occurred in a natural state.

This section contains species pairs or groups.