Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 20th August
The 2017 area bird year list is 174 species (176 species at the same time last year)

20th - 2 Yellow Wagtails and 6 Tree Pipits flew over Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Shelduck, 3 Swifts and 6 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith).


A Clouded Yellow and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). A Rusty-dot Pearl and 2 Scarce Bordered Straw at Hythe. A Rush Veneer at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


19th - 5 Wheatears at Princes Parade, where 4 Yellow Wagtails and 15 Swallows flew west (Nigel Webster). 4 Yellow Wagtails flew west at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


Dark Sword-grass, a Rush Veneer, 2 Scarce Bordered Straw and 2 Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Scarce Bordered Straw at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


18th - A Fulmar off Prince Parade (Martin Whybrow).


Scarce Bordered Straw and 2 Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


17th - A Scarce Bordered Straw and a Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl and 4 Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Dusky Hook-tip at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Ysolopha horridella at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Silver-spotted Skippers at Folkestone Warren (Alfie Gay)

Cydia amplana at Heane Wood

(Dave Grundy)

Great Brocade at Folkestone Warren (Dave Grundy)

Agdistis bennetii at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Ni Moth at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

The Annulet at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

16th - An Arctic Skua off Hythe (Sean McMinn) and single Wheatears at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay) and Princes Parade (Martin Whybrow).


A Dusky Hook-tip, a Scarce Bordered Straw and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe, where Agriphila selasella (Pale-streak Grass-veneer) was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Dark Sword-grass and a Rush Veneer at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


15th - A Rest Harrow, a White-banded Carpet, a Rush Veneer, a Tree-lichen Beauty and a Gypsy Moth at Seabrook, where Ypsolopha horridella (Dark Smudge) and Cochylis dubitana (Little Conch) were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Latticed Heath, a Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Rush Veneer, 2 Dark Sword-grass, 3 Silver Y, 4 Gypsy Moths and 40 Jersey Tigers at Folkestone Warren, where Dog's Tooth and Straw Underwing were new for the year (Fred Butcher / Tony Rouse / Ian Roberts). A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Rush Veneer and 3 Rusty-dot Pearl, whilst Straw Underwing, Orange Swift and Celypha rufana (Lakes Marble) were new for the year (Ian Roberts). 4 Silver-spotted Skippers at Folkestone Warren and 22 Straw Belles and an excellent total of 157 Adonis Blues in the Folkestone Downs area (Alfie Gay).


14th - A Green Sandpiper and 2 Wheatears at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). 2 Wheatears at Princes Parade (Nigel Webster / Bruce Findlay). A Guillemot off Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Painted Lady, a Dark Sword-grass and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


13th - A Gypsy Moth, a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Rush Veneer and a Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Scarce Bordered Straw at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


12th - A Cydia amplana (Vagrant Piercer) and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Heane Wood, where Small Rufous, Cypress Pug, Hypatina rhomboidella (Square-spot Crest), Epinotia ramella (Small Birch Bell) and Acleris emargana (Notch Wing Tortrix) were new for the year (Dave Grundy / Kevin Button / Ian Roberts). 2 Rusty-dot Pearl and 3 Rush Veneer at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


11th - A Whimbrel and a Wheatear at the Hythe Redoubt, 2 Garden Warblers at Nickolls Quarry and a Hobby along Donkey Street (Brian Harper). A Sedge Warbler, 8 Blackcaps and 23 Willow Warblers at Princes Parade, where a Redshank flew over (Nigel Webster). A Shelduck, a Reed Warbler, 2 Lesser Whitethroats, 3 Wheatears, 4 Willow Warblers and 10 Whitethroats at Samphire Hoe and 6 Whitethroats and 8 Willow Warblers at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley). A Common Sandpiper at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts).


A Great Brocade, 2 Ni Moth, 8 Gypsy Moths, 12 Scarce Bordered Straws, 16 Dark Sword-grass, a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Rush Veneer, a Diamond-back Moth and 14 Silver Ys at Folkestone Warren, where The Annulet, Golden-rod Pug, Agdistis bennetii (Saltmarsh Plume), Delplanqueia inscriptella (Brown Powdered Knot-horn),  Ptocheuusa paupella (Light Fleabane Neb) and  Eulamprotes atrella (Two-spotted Neb) were new for the year (Dave Grundy / Ian Roberts). Red Underwing and Cochylidia implicitana (Chamomile Conch) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


10th - A Painted Lady at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


9th - A Tree Pipit at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). 2 Reed Warblers, 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Sedge Warblers, 4 Lesser Whitethroat, 5 Blackcaps and 6 Whitethroats at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).


A Diamond-back Moth and 3 Rush Veneers at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl and a Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


8th - A Greenshank flew over Nickolls Quarry, also a Willow Warbler, a Blackcap and a Whitethroat there (Roger Norman). 3 Grey Herons flew in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Rush Veneer at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Harbour Porpoise off Seabrook (Paul Howe).


7th - A Redstart at Crete Road West (Mark Kennett). 5 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe, where 70 Swifts flew west (Paul Holt).


A Gypsy Moth and a Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


6th -  2 Lesser Whitethroats, 13 Whitethroats and 13 Willow Warblers at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Marsh Harrier and a Corn Bunting at Donkey Street, a Little Egret over the canal at Seabrook, a Common Sandpiper at the Redoubt outfall and c.300 Common Scoter off the Willop Outfall (Brian Harper).


2 Scarce Bordered Straws at Shorncliffe (Brian Harper).


5th - An Arctic Skua, 4 Black Terns, 22 Kittiwakes, 73 Common Terns, 111 Gannets and 198 Sandwich Terns flew west past Seabrook (Paul Howe).


6 Harbour Porpoises off Seabrook (Paul Howe).


4th - 6 Black Terns, 60+ Common Terns, 94 Gannets and 182 Sandwich Terns flew west past Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Wheatear at Samphire Hoe (Mark Varley).   


2 Clouded Yellows at Samphire Hoe (Mark Varley).


2nd - A Red Kite near the M20 junction 11 (Pete Coleman). 67+ Mediterranean Gulls at Princes Parade (Nigel Webster).


A Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Dark Sword-grass at Seabrook
(Paul Howe)

Jersey Tiger at Folkestone Warren

(Alfred Gay)

Pale-shouldered Cloud at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

The Vestal at Heane Wood

(Ian Roberts)

1st - A Green Sandpiper, 4 Oystercatchers and 11 Sand Martins flew west at Princes Parade (Nigel Webster).

The second Pale-shouldered Cloud of the year at Cheriton (Brian Harper). A Painted Lady at Hythe whilst Coleophora albidella (White Sallow Case-bearer) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe). 3 Straw Belles, 3 Dingy Skippers and 10+ Adonis Blues at Cheriton Hill, a Clouded Yellow, 3 Straw Belles and 5 Adonis Blues at Round Hill and a Chalkhill Blue,Straw Belle, a Jersey Tiger, a Rush veneer and a Sitochroa palealis (Sulphur Pearl) at Folkestone Warren (Alfred Gay / Mark Parsons).

A Harbour Porpoise off Princes Parade (Nigel Webster).

January to July 2017 sightings have been archived - click here for a review of the bird sightings for the year to date or here for a review of the moth, butterfly and other sightings.