Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 30th March
The 2017 area bird year list is 142 species (135 species at the same time last year)

30th - A Wheatear (only the second of the month) at Hythe on the beach between Stade Street and Twiss Road (Nigel Webster). The first Swallow and Willow Warbler at Nickolls Quarry, also a pair of Shoveler there (Roger Norman / Ian Roberts).


Powdered Quaker at Bargrove Wood, Brindled Beauty and Eudonia angustea at Hythe, Elachista canapennella (Little Dwarf) at Seabrook, Orange-tip at Horn Street and Holly Blue at Folkestone and Nickolls Quarry were new for the year (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper / Nigel Webster / Paul Howe / Chris Gillard).

Wheatear at Hythe (Nigel Webster)

Brindled Beauty at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

29th - An Eider and 9 Pintail flew east past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). The first 3 Sand Martins of the year flew through Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper). 3 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe opposite Twiss Road (Nigel Webster).


A presumed immigrant Blossom Underwing at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Blossom Underwing at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Dark-edged Bee-fly at Hythe (Glenn Tutton)

28th - 3 Canada Geese on the sea off Princes Parade (Nigel Webster).


A Dark-edged Bee-fly at Hythe (Glenn Tutton).


27th - A Firecrest and a Black Redstart at Abbotscliffe, where a Brambling, 45 Siskins and 588 Chaffinches flew east (Mark Kennett / Ian Roberts). A Shag at Samphire Hoe, where 42 Brent Geese flew east (Jonathan Barnard).


The first adult Angle Shades and a Dark-edged Bee-fly at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Harbour Porpoise off Samphire Hoe (Jonathan Barnard).


26th - A House Martin at Nickolls Quarry was only the sixth March record and earliest since 2004. A Bar-tailed Godwit and 6 Siskins flew east at Mill Point. A Firecrest in Folkestone Warren, also 40 Brent Geese offshore. A Firecrest and a Redwing at Abbotscliffe. A Firecrest at Hythe in Oaklands Park. 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite Twiss Road. Chiffchaffs and Blackcaps continue to arrive. (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts / Paul Trodd / Mark Kennett / Nigel Webster). 


2 Brimstones at Seabrook (Paul Howe). Small numbers of Comma, Small White, Small Tortoiseshell and Peacock at various sites.


25th - A Greenshank flew west over Princes Parade, also 2 Grey Wagtails, 2 Bullfinches and 2 Reed Buntings there (Nigel Webster). A Firecrest and a Blackcap at Mill Point, where 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Sandwich Terns and 16 Siskins flew east. A Firecrest at Shorncliffe Camp (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 2 Grey Wagtails at Abbotscliffe (Stephanie Lea). 


Dotted Chestnut, Water Carpet and Brindled Pug at Paraker Wood were new for the year. 2 Harbour Porpoises off Mill Point (Brian Harper). A Brimstone at Peene (Clive Nuttman).

Dotted Chestnut at Paraker Wood (Brian Harper)

Water Carpet at Paraker Wood (Brian Harper)

24th - A Great Skua, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 3 Shelduck, 4 Black-tailed Godwits5 Knot, 5 Pintail, 6 Shoveler, 12 Dunlin, 25 Kittiwakes, 31 Common Scoter, 73 Gannets, 111 Fulmar and 142 Sandwich Terns flew east past Mill Point, also a Shag offshore (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper). A Black Redstart in a garden in Hythe (Sean McMinn).


A Small White at Hythe was new for the year (Glenn Tutton), A Harbour Porpoise off Mill Point (Ian Roberts).


23rd - 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 2 Pintail, 3 Dunlin, 6 Shoveler, 24 Fulmars, 27 Red-throated Divers, 30 Common Scoter and 39 Sandwich Terns flew east past Mill Point this morning and 99 Sandwich Terns flew east past Hythe this afternoon. A Firecrest at Nickolls Quarry, near Rock Cottage (Ian Roberts). A Shag on the sea off Samphire Hoe (Mark Varley).


A Shoulder Stripe at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

Shoulder Stripe at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

Sparrowhawk at Hythe recently (Mike Cox)

22nd - An adult Little Gull, a Great Skua, a Black-throated Diver, 27 Pintail, 48 Sandwich Terns and 500 Brent Geese flew past Mill Point (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper). A Chiffchaff, 2 Firecrests and Little Grebes at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt / Mark Kennett). 90 Cormorants flew east past Hythe (Bruce Findlay).


A Harbour Porpoise off Mill Point (Ian Roberts).


21st - A Black Redstart and a Chiffchaff at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe opposite Twiss Road (Nigel Webster). A Green Sandpiper at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts). 2 Sandwich Terns flew west at Princes Parade (Brian Harper).


20th - 71 Meadow Pipits flew in off the sea at Mill Point, where 275 Brent Geese flew east (Ian Roberts).


19th - A Marsh Harrier flew south-west over Lympne (Philip Sharp).

18th - The first Wheatear of the year at Samphire Hoe, where 800 Brent Geese flew east (Russ Blackman). A Cetti's Warbler, 14 Sanderling and 45 Turnstone at the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts). A Peregrine flew in off the sea at the Hythe Redoubt. 24 Snipe in a stubble field near the Aldington Road (Brian Harper).


Hofmannophila pseudospretella (Brown House Moth) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe), as were early stages of Metzneria aestivella (Carline Neb) and Mompha miscella (Brown Cosmet) at Abbotscliffe (David Shenton / Ian Roberts).


17th - A Red Kite and 14 Siskins flew over Abbotscliffe, also a Black Redstart and 3 Chiffchaffs there. 2 Red Kites flew over Hythe (Ian Roberts). 3 Water Rails, 4 Blackcaps and 15 Chiffchaffs at Princes Parade, and a Purple Sandpiper at Hythe opposite the Hotel Imperial (Nigel Webster). A Water Rail, a Cetti's Warbler and 8 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 3 Chiffchaffs at Folkestone Downs (Mark Varley).


Twin-spotted Quaker at Shorncliffe was new for the year, as was an Endrosis sarcitrella (White-shouldered House-moth) and an Angle Shades larva at Hythe (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

Twin-spotted Quakers at Shorncliffe (Ian Roberts)

Mottled Grey at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

16th - A Red Kite flew south-west over Lympne (Philip Sharp).


Mottled Grey at Folkestone Warren was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


15th - A Firecrest at Shorncliffe Camp (Brian Harper). 2 Reed Buntings and 3 alba wagtails flew over Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). 7 Siskins and 320 Chaffinches flew east at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).


Diurnea fagella (March Tubic) and Epermenia chaerophyllella (Golden Lance-wing) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

Epermenia chaerophyllella (Golden Lance-wing) at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Pale Pinion at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

14th - A Goshawk reported flying west over Paraker Wood, also 2 Chiffchaffs singing in Asholt Wood (Kevin Harding). 2 White Wagtails at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).


Dark Chestnut at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


13th - A Short-eared Owl flew in off the sea at Seabrook at 13:10 (Paul Howe). A Grey Wagtail, 2 alba wagtails, 62 Siskins, 430 Starlings and 4,655 Chaffinches flew east at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). A White Wagtail at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).


Pale Pinion and Amblyptilia acanthadactyla at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).


Some recent additions to the moth year list:

Barred Tooth-striped at Folkestone Warren (Fred Butcher)

Red Chestnut at Folks' Wood

(Ian Roberts)

Early Thorn at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Early Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

12th - 6 Velvet Scoter, 55 Common Scoter and 98 Great Crested Grebes on the sea off the Willop Outfall. A Wigeon, 2 Lapwing, 2 Curlew and 8 Teal at the Willop Basin. A Water Rail, 2 Brambling, 2 Shoveler and 2 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry. Large numbers of Redwings moving after dark (Ian Roberts). 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Goldcrests and 2 Grey Wagtails at Enbrook Park (Chris Gillard). A singing Blackcap and a Chiffchaff in gardens at Folkestone (Paul Trodd / John Tomlinson).


Early Moth and Early Thorn at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).


11th -  A Red Kite and a Chiffchaff at West Hythe (Paul Trodd). A Firecrest at Mill Point (Dylan Wrathall). 2 Purple Sandpipers at Battery Point, Seabrook (Nigel Webster). 340 Brent Geese flew east Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts). A Little Egret at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


Barred Tooth-striped and Bloxworth Snout at Folkestone Warren were new for the year (Fred Butcher). A Harbour Porpoise off Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).


10th - A Green Sandpiper and a Little Egret at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper). A Stonechat thought to be of the continental form rubicola at Samphire Hoe (Brian Adams / David Mansfield). A Little Egret, a Stonechat, a male House Sparrow (unusual at this site) and 2 Ravens at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley).


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

Purple Sandpiper and Buzzard in off at Hythe (Nigel Webster)

Common Gull and Peregrine at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith: Kearsneybirder)

Small Quaker and Tawny Pinion at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Comma and Peacock at Princes Parade/Saltwood Castle (Nigel Webster)

9th - A Red Kite flew west over Hospital Hill, Seabrook (Brian Harper). 3 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite Twiss Road. A Chiffchaff, a Blackcap, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 4 Water Rails at Princes Parade and 2 Buzzards arrived in off the sea. 181 Mediterranean Gulls and 296 Common Gulls at Saltwood Castle (Nigel Webster). 2 Chiffchaffs and 3 Cetti's Warblers at Nickolls Quarry and a Greylag Goose flew east (Ian Roberts). A Rock Pipit and 5 Redshank at Folkestone Harbour (Mark Varley). 3 Ravens and 6 Fulmars at Capel-le-Ferne and 7 Great Crested Grebes off Folkestone Warren (Kevin Harding).


A Tawny Pinion at Saltwood was new for the year, as was a Comma there, whilst a Small Tortoiseshell and 2 Peacock at Saltwood were also of note (Paul Howe). Red Chestnut, Oak Nycteoline, The Engrailed and Clouded Drab at Folks' Wood were new for the year (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). There was also a Comma at Princes Parade and a Small Tortoiseshell, 2 Commas and 4 Peacocks at Saltwood Castle (Nigel Webster).


8th - 22 Brent Geese flew east past Mill Point. A Woodcock and 2 Tawny Owls at Folks' Wood (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper). A Goldcrest in a garden in Folkestone was presumably a migrant (John Tomlinson).


Early Grey at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


7th - Oak Beauty at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

Oak Beauty at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Red Kite at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt)

6th - A Red Kite flew south-west over Samphire Hoe, with presumably the same bird later passing south-west over Hythe. 2 Reed Buntings, 5 Greylag Geese, 29 Siskins and 54 Chaffinches flew over Abbotscliffe, also 5 Goldcrests. 4 Buzzards over Cheriton (Paul Holt / Ian Roberts / Mark Kennett / Jamie Tomsett). 


4th - A Wood Lark flew in off the sea at Samphire Hoe, also a littoralis Rock Pipit there (Paul Holt). 130 Brent Geese flew east past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). A Chiffchaff and 2 Cetti's Warblers at Seabrook (Brian Harper).


Yellow Horned at Seabrook was new for the year as were March Moths at Cheriton and Seabrook (Paul Howe / Brian Harper). A Harbour Porpoise off Mill Point (Ian Roberts).

littoralis Rock Pipit at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt)

Meadow Pipit at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt)

Yellow Horned at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

March Moth  at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

3rd - A Great Skua, a Sandwich Tern, 14 Pintail and 85 Brent Geese flew east past Mill Point (Ian Roberts). Four Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, one opposite Twiss Road and three opposite Stade Street (Nigel Webster). A Grey Wagtail and 2 Chiffchaffs at Enbrook Park, Sandgate (Kevin Harding).


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

Purple Sandpiper at Hythe (Nigel Webster)

Common Quaker at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

2nd - 3 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe opposite Stade Street (Nigel Webster). A Red Kite reported at Samphire Hoe (per D E Smith).


1st - A Merlin flew west at the Willop Outfall, also 4 Curlew, 7 Sanderling and 19 Oystercatchers there. A Little Egret and 3 Tufted Ducks at Nickolls Quarry. A Green Sandpiper and 3 Little Grebes at Botolph's Bridge. 2 Firecrests at Mill Point (Kevin Harding / Roger Norman / Ian Roberts).


February 2017 sightings have been archived - click here for a review of the year to date.

The 2016 annual reports for birds and moths/butterflies are now available to download by clicking on the images opposite.