Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 16th Jul
The 2017 area bird year list is 180 species (175 species at the same time last year)
16th - A Garden Warbler at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett) .

15th - A Sussex Emerald and a Hummingbird Hawk-moth at Princes Parade, where Batrachedra praeangusta (Poplar Cosmet) and Anerastia lotella (Sandhill Knot-horn) were new for the year (Brian Harper). Dusky Thorn and Thiodia citrana (Lemon Bell) were new for the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

14th -  A Honey Buzzard flew over Samphire Hoe (Barry Woolhouse).

A Dusky Hook-tip and 65 Sussex Emeralds at Hythe Ranges where Bucculatrix nigricomella (Daisy Bent-wing), Calybites phasianipennella (Little Slender), 

Batia lambdella (Greater Tawny Tubic), Aproaerema anthyllidella (Vetch Sober), Monochroa palustrellus (Wainscot Neb), Aroga velocella (Dusky Groundling), 

Caryocolum vicinella (Coast Groundling), Cnephasia longana (Long-winged Shade), Cochylidia implicitana (Chamomile Conch) and Pediasia contaminella (Waste Grass-veneer) were new for the year (Rob Lee / Ross Newham / Ian Roberts).


13th - A Honey Buzzard flew over Horn Street (Paul Howe). 4 Little Ringed Plovers at Donkey Street (Brian Harper).

Bucculatrix thoracella at Cheriton was a new species for the area (Brian Harper). Acleris sparsana (Ashy Button) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

12th - A Clancy’s Rustic, 8 Diamond-back Moths and 9 Silver Ys at Hythe, where Dichomeris marginella (Juniper Webber) was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Garden Carpet at Cheriton was also new for the year (Rachael & Jon Marshall), as were Waved Carpet and Matilella fusca (Brown Knot-horn) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).  

11th - 5 Diamond-back Moths and 8 Silver Ys at Cheriton, where Bordered Pug was new for the year (Brian Harper). A Clancy's Rustic, 6 Diamond-back Moths and 14 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

10th - A Hobby flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

A Dark Sword-grass, a Clancy’s Rustic, 3 Diamond-back Moths and 9 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Tawny Speckled Pug and Athrips mouffetella (Dotted Grey Groundling) at Seabrook were new for the year and a Painted Lady was seen at Horn Street (Paul Howe). The first Gatekeepers of the year at Hythe (Glenn Tutton).

Gatekeeper at Hythe

(Glenn Tutton)

Waved Black at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Aphomia zelleri at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Compass Jellyfish at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

9th - A Clancy’s Rustic, 10 Diamond-back Moths and 11 Silver Ys at Hythe, where Rosy Minor was new for the year (Ian Roberts). Saltern Ear anPrays ruficeps (Dark Ash-bud Moth) at Seabrook were also new (Paul Howe).mall R

Blastobasis rebeli at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Sub-angled Wave at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Saltern Ear at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Red-veined Darter at Samphire Hoe

(Paul Holt)

8th - A Grey Heron flew in off the sea at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


Blastobasis rebeli (Marsh Dowd) at Folkestone Warren was a new species for Kent. Sub-angled Wave, Small Purple-barred, Anarsia innoxiella (Acer Sober), Acompsia schmidtiellus (Marjoram Crest), Cnaemidophorus rhododactyla (Rose Plume), Moitrelia obductella (Kent Knot-horn), Acrobasis suavella (Thicket Knot-horn) and Cydia splendana (Marbled Piercer) were also new for the year (Brian Harper / Kevin Button / Andy Lawson / Ian Roberts). Waved Black at Cheriton was another addition to the year list (Brian Harper). 


7th - A Red-veined Darter at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). Hellinsia carphodactyla (Citron Plume) at Horn Street was a new species for the area (Paul Howe). 


6th - White-line Dart, Mouse Moth, Sitochroa palealis (Sulphur Pearl) and Catoptria pinella (Pearl Grass-veneer) were new for the year at Nickolls Quarry. 3 Silver Ys and 10 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where the Magpie, Acrobasis advenella (Grey Knot-horn) and Pexicopia malvella (Hollyhock Seed Moth) were new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Silver Y and 7 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, where The Vapourer, Rosy Rustic, Aphomia zelleri (Twin-spot Honey Moth) and Acleris comariana (Strawberry Tortrix) were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Captoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) at West Hythe, where Scarce Silver-lines, Yarrow Pug, Wood Carpet, Small Rivulet and Catoptria pinella (Pearl Grass-veneer) were new for the year (Fred Butcher / Tony Rouse).    

5th - A Green Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

Four Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) and a Bisigna procerella (Kent Tubic) at Peene, where Dark Umber and Pyrausta purpuralis (Common Purple & Gold) were new for the year (Brian Harper). 3 Silver Ys and 33 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Plumed Fan-foot, Nephopterix angustella (Spindle Knot-horn) and Acleris variegana (Garden Rose Tortrix) were new for the year (Ian Roberts).

Catoptria verellus at Peene

(Brian Harper)

Four-spotted Footman at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Lunar-spotted Pinion at Bargrove Wood (Ian Roberts)

Acrobasis repandana at Bargrove Wood (Ian Roberts)

4th - 2 Black Redstarts and 2 Mediterranean Gulls at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).

Shaded Broad-bar, Large Twin-spot Carpet, Twin-spot Carpet, Black Arches, Lunar-spotted Pinion, Epinotia tenerana (Nut-bud Moth), Acrobasis repandana (Warted Knot-horn) and Scoparia basistrigalis (Base-lined Grey) at Bargrove Wood and Eudemis profundana (Diamond-back Marble) at Hythe were new for the year (Ian Roberts). Aglossa pinguinalis (Large Tabby) at Cheriton was also new (Brian Harper).


3rd - 2 Green Sandpipers at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).

10 Silver Ys and 15 Diamond-back Moths at Cheriton, where Platytyes alpinella (Hook-tipped Grass-veneer) and Acleris Forsskaleana (Maple Button) were new for the year (Brian Harper). 13 Silver Ys and 20 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Pine Hawk-moth was new for the year (Ian Roberts). 6 Silver Ys and 12 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, where Acleris holmiana (White-triangle Button), Eucosma hohenwartiana (Bright Bell) and Evergestis extimalis (Marbled Yellow Pearl) were new for the year (Paul Howe). 


2nd - A Silver Barred at Nickolls Quarry was a new species for the area, whilst The Blackneck, Sussex Emerald, Latticed Heath, Bordered Beauty, The Lackey, Reed Dagger, Fen Wainscot, Small Wainscot, The Olive, Dusky Sallow, Four-spotted Footman, Sciota adelphella (Willow Knot-horn), Dolicharthria punctalis (Long-legged China-mark) and Epiblema foenella (White-foot Bell) were also new for the year, and a Four-spotted was of note. 2 Silver Y and 25 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Four-spotted Footman, Marbled Green and Agonopterix nervosa (Dark-fringed Flat-body) were among the additions to the year list (Ian Roberts). Four-spotted Footman were also recorded at Cheriton, where Argyresthia brockeella (Gold-ribbon Argent) was new for the year (Brian Harper), and at Seabrook, where a Clancy’s Rustic, 17 Silver Ys and 19 Diamond-backs were also noted, whilst there were 4 Silver Ys and 10 Diampnd-back Moths at Horn Street, where Hypsopygia costalis (Gold Triangle) was new (Paul Howe). At least 15 Compass Jellyfish were seen off Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Silver Barred at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

The Blackneck at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

Sussex Emerald at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

Sciota adelphella at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

1st - 10 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, where Caloptilia elongella (Pale Red Slender) was new for the year. 15 Diamond-back Moths at Horn Street, where Dingy Shears, Triple-spotted Clay, Yponomeuta rorrella (Willow Ermine), Limnaecia phragmitella (Bulrush Cosmet) and Paraswammerdamia albicapitella (White-headed Ermine) were also additions to the year list (Paul Howe). 3 Silver Y and 25 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe, where Langmaid's Yellow Underwing, Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing, Pempelia genistella (Gorse Knot-horn) and Acleris hastiana (Sallow Button) were new for the year (Ian Roberts).

June

30th - A Red-belted Clearwing at Garden House Orchards, Saltwood. 2 Clancy's Rustics, 4 Silver Ys and 9 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 10 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, where Bisigna procerella (Kent Tubic) and Coleophora albidella (White Sallow Case-bearer) were new for the year, also 14 Diamond-back Moths at Horn Street (Paul Howe).

Red-belted Clearwing at Saltwood

(Ian Roberts)

Bisigna procerella at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Coleophora albidella at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Double Lobed at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

29th - A Little Ringed Plover at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts) and a Lapwing at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).

An Elegia fallax (Channel Island Knot-horn), 3 Silver Ys and 7 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook and a Silver Y and 6 Diamond-back Moths at Horn Street. Pleuroptya ruralis (Mother of Pearl), Mompha propinquella (Marbled Cosmet), Double Lobed and Lesser Broad-bordered Yellow Underwing were also new for the year across the two sites (Paul Howe). Olive Crescents at Chesterfield Wood where other additions to the year list included Slender Brindle, Minor Shoulder-knot, Ypsolopha parenthesella (White-shouldered Smudge), Argyresthia retinella (Netted Argent), Aethes rubigana (Burdock Conch) and Rhodophaea formosa (Beautiful Knot-horn) (Ian Roberts). 

Olive Crescent at Chesterfield Wood

(Ian Roberts)

Rhodophaea formosa at Chesterfield Wood (Ian Roberts)

Large Emerald at Horn Street

(Paul Howe)

Lesser-spotted Pinion at Horn Street

(Paul Howe)

28th - Large Emerald and Acleris kochiella (Elm Button) at Horn Street and Acrobasis consociella (Broad-barred Knot-horn) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

27th - 4 Ravens and 40 Swifts at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).

Dichrorampha alpinana (Broad-blotch Drill) was new for the year at Hythe (Ian Roberts). Lesser-spotted Pinion, Catoptria falsella (Chequered Grass-veneer), Euzophera pinguis (Ash-bark Knot-horn) and Cnephasia stephensiana (Grey Tortrix) were new for the year at  Horn Street (Paul Howe).

26th - Batia lunaris (Lesser Tawny Tubic), Epermenia chaerophyllella (Golden Lance-wing) and Bryotropha domestica (House Groundling) were new for the year at Hythe (Ian Roberts). July Highflyer, Wormwood Pug, Ancylis achatana (Triangle-marked Roller) and Stenoptilia pterodactyla (Brown Plume) were new for the year at Horn Street, where a Purple Hairstreak was also noted (Paul Howe).

25th - Northern Rustic, White Spot, Straw Belle, Pigmy Footman, The Drinker, Kent Black Arches, Oxyptilus parvidactyla (Small Plume), Brachmia blandella (Gorse Crest), Thiotricha subocellea (Eyelet Sober), Ptocheuusa paupella (Light Fleabane Neb), Aethes tesserana (Downland Conch), Celypha rosaceana (Roseate Marble), Lobesia abscisana (Smoky-barred Marble), Eucosma fulvana (Fulvous Bell), Ancylosis oblitella (Saltmarsh Knot-horn) and Eudonia lineola (White-line Grey) were new for the year at Samphire Hoe (Dave Grundy / Kevin Button / Ian Roberts).
Oak Eggar and Rhyacionia pinicolana (Orange-spotted Shoot) at Horn Street were also new for the year (Paul Howe).

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Northern Rustic at Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

Clancy's Rustic at Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

24th - A Cydalima perspectalis (Box Tree Moth) at Seabrook, where Scarce Footman, Cloaked Minor and Eucosma obumbratana (Two-coloured Bell) were new for the year (Paul Howe). A Clancy's Rustic at Hythe, where Neofriseria peliella (White-spot Groundling) and Acrocercops brongniardella (Brown Oak Slender) were new for the year, as was Six-belted Clearwing at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts). Clouded Buff at Folkestone Warren (James Winterholt).

Four-spotted at Hythe Roughs

(Brian Harper)

Purple Hairstreak at Shorncliffe

(Brian Harper)

Cynaeda dentalis at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Round-winged Muslin at Horn Street

(Paul Howe)

23rd - A Little Ringed Plover and 8 Little Egrets at Donkey Street (Brian Harper).

The Four-spotted and Ringlet at Hythe Roughs and Purple Hairstreak at Sandy Lane, Shorncliffe were new for the year (Brian Harper). Orange Moth, Galium Carpet, Plain Golden Y, Shaded Pug, The Shark, Lesser Treble-bar, Mecyna asinalis (Coastal Pearl), Marasmarcha lunaedactyla (Crescent Plume) and Hedya ochroleucana (Buff-tipped Marble) at Folkestone Warren were also additions to the year list (Dave Grundy / Kevin Button / Ian Roberts), as were Marbled Coronet, Achroia grisella (Lesser Wax Moth) and Teleiopsis diffinis (Large Groundling) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Scalloped Oak and The Rustic at Horn Street (Paul Howe).

22nd - A White Admiral, 2 Silver-washed Fritillaries and 2 Painted Ladies at Folks' Wood. Cynaeda dentalis at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

21st - The second Quail of the month was heard calling at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).

Round-winged Muslin, Bulrush Veneer (Calamotropha paludella), Epinotia abbreviana (Brown Elm Bell) and Ethmia dodecea (Dotted Ermel) at Horn Street and The Miller at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe), as were Dingy Footman, Celypha cespitana (Thyme Marble) and Udea prunalis (Dusky Pearl) at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and Coleophora galbulipennella (Kent Case-bearer) and Aphelia paleana (Timothy Tortrix) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

20th - A Red Kite flew west over Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson). 

5 Agrotera nemoralis (Beautiful Pearl) at Paraker Wood, where Grass Emerald, Monochroa lucidella (Buff-marked Neb), Archips crataegana (Brown Oak Tortrix), Strophedra nitidana (Little Oak Piercer) and Acentria ephemerella (Water Veneer) were amongst the additions to the year list, as was  Grapholita janthinana (Pale-bordered Piercer) at Cheriton (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts), Dark Marbled Carpet and Common Rustic agg. at Horn Street, and Anania verbascalis (Golden Pearl) and Psyche casta (Common Sweep) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) .

Agrotera nemoralis at Paraker Wood

(Ian Roberts)

Oblique Striped at Horn Street

(Paul Howe)

Grapholita janthinana at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Beautiful Golden Y at Horn Street

(Paul Howe)

19th - Oblique Striped at Horn Street was a new species for the area and Spinach, Dun-bar, Short-cloaked Moth, Ectoedemia decentella (Sycamore-seed Pigmy) and Stigmella aurella (Golden Pigmy) were also additions to the year list there (Paul Howe). Blue-bordered Carpet, Dot Moth, Orthotaenia undulana (Woodland Marble) and Rosy-striped Knot-horn (Oncocera semirubella) were new for the year at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


18th -  A Little Ringed Plover and 2 Lapwings at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).


A Brown Hawker at Horn Street (Paul Howe).


17th - A Little Ringed Plover and a Green Sandpiper at Donkey Street. A Ringed Plover and 200 Common Scoter at the Hythe Redoubt. 102 Swifts flew west (Brian Harper).


The second area record of Blotched Emerald was trapped at Seabrook (Paul Howe). The first Marbled White of the year was at Hythe Roughs, with the first Meadow Browns by the Aldington Road (Brian Harper).

Blotched Emerald at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Pseudosciaphila branderiana (Great Marble) at Folks' Wood (Ian Roberts)

Elegia similella at Folks' Wood

(Ian Roberts)

The Suspected at Folks' Wood

(Ian Roberts)

16th Pseudosciaphila branderiana (Great Marble) and Elegia similella (White-barred Knot-horn) at Folks’ Wood were new species for the area, whilst Red-necked Footman, Beautiful Golden Y, The Suspected, Brindled White-spot, Grey Arches, Epagoge grotiana (Brown-barred Twist), Apotomis capreana (Sallow Marble) and Ancylis laetana (Aspen Roller) were amongst the additions for the year (Brian Harper / Kevin Button / Ian Roberts). 2 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook where Leopard Moth, Lozotaeniodes formosana (Orange Pine Twist) and Acrobasis marmorea (Marbled Knot-horn) were new for the year, as were Eucosma campoliliana (Marbled Bell) and Teleiodes vulgella (Common Groundling) at Horn Street (Paul Howe). The Clay and Synaphe punctalis (Long-legged Tabby) were also additions at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


15th - A Blotched Emerald at Kiln Wood was a new species for the area, whilst Lobster Moth, Rosy Footman and Apotomis turbidana (White-shouldered Marble) were amongst other additions to the year list. Eudonia lacustrata (Little Grey) at Hythe was also new for the year (Ian Roberts). Lobster Moth and Spilonota ocellana (Bud Moth) at Seabrook and Pandemis corylana (Chequered Fruit-tree Tortrix) at Horn Street and were new for the year . A male Banded Demoiselle at Hythe seafront was an unusual record (Glenn Tutton).

Blotched Emerald at Kiln Wood

(Ian Roberts)

Lobster Moth at Kiln Wood

(Ian Roberts)

Banded Demoiselle at Hythe

(Glenn Tutton)

Agapeta zoegana at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

14th - A Hobby at Nickolls Quarry and 38 Swifts flew over West Hythe (Brian Harper). A Red Kite flew west over Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).


The Phoenix, Metzneria metzneriella (Meadow Neb) and Yponomeuta malinellus (Apple Ermine) at Horn Street were new for the year (Paul Howe).


13th - Small Blood-vein and  Scythropia crataegella (Hawthorn Moth) at Cheriton were new for the year (Brian Harper). A Diamond-back Moth and 3 Silver Ys at Hythe where Least Carpet was new for the year (Ian Roberts).  2 Silver Ys and 3 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook where Swallow-tailed Moth was new for the year, also a Painted Lady at Horn Street (Paul Howe).


12th - Purple Clay, Dwarf Cream Wave, Agapeta zoegana (Knapweed Conch) and  Metzneria lappella (Burdock Neb) at Horn Street and Gypsonoma dealbana (Common Cloaked Shoot) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).


11th - A Honey Buzzard flew east at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). 3 Lapwings at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett) and 6 Lapwings, including 3 chicks, at Donkey Street (the first successful breeding locally since 2011) (Ian Roberts).


Clouded Brindle at Horn Street was new for the year (Paul Howe).

Honey Buzzard at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt)

Lapwing at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts)

10th - A Quail was heard calling as it flew inland over Nickolls Quarry at 01:00 (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


A Zelleria oleastrella at Hythe was the first area and county record. Trapping at Nickolls Quarry produced another two firsts for the area - Cosmopterix lienigiella (Fen Cosmet) and Brachmia inornatella (Fen Crest), amongst numerous additions to the year list including Water Ermine, Tinagma ocnerostomella (Bugloss Spear-wing), Hedya salicella (White-backed Marble), Pammene aurana (Orange-spot Piercer), Anania perlucidalis (Fenland Pearl), Anania crocealis (Ochreous Pearl), Scoparia subfusca (Large Grey) and Schoenobius gigantella (Giant Water-veneer) (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Rusty-dot Pearl and 3 Diamond-back Moths at Horn Street, where Bordered White, Small Emerald, Buff Arches, Barred Straw and Dioryctria abietella (Dark Pine Knot-horn) were also new for the year. 5  Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Zelleria oleastrella at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Cosmopterix lienigiella at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts)

Brachmia inornatella at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts)

Bordered White at Horn Street

(Paul Howe)

9th - 2 Corn Buntings and 3 Lapwings at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).


A Diamond-back Moth and a Silver Y at Hythe, where Light Arches and The Uncertain were new for the year, as was Six-spot Burnet at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts). The Rest Harrow moth at Folkestone was new for the year, with Dew Moth, Green Hairstreak and Small Blue also of note there (Owen Leyshon). Carcina quercana (Long-horned Flat-body) and Aethes beatricella (Hemlock Yellow Conch) at Seabrook and Teleoides luculella (Crescent Groundling), Blastodacna hellerella (Hawthorn Cosmet), Pandemis heparana (Dark Fruit-tree Tortrix) and Cnephasia asseclana (Flax Tortrix) at Horn Street were also additions to the year list.


8th - Eidophasia messingiella (Bitter-cress Smudge) and Yponomeuta evonymella (Bird-cherry Ermine) at Seabrook and Ostrinia nubilalis (European Corn-borer) at Horn Street were new for the year (Paul Howe), as was Burnet Companion at Samphire Hoe (Keith Motion/ Brian Adams). A Silver Y and 8 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


7th - A Red Kite flew over Horn Street (Paul Howe). Very slightly beyond the northern boundary of the area a Red-rumped Swallow flew west over the entrance to Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


2 Silver Ys at Horn Street and 2 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, with Barred Straw at the former site and Argyresthia pruniella (Cherry Fruit Moth) at both sites being new for the year (Paul Howe). A Diamond-back Moth and 3 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


6th - 6 Bee-eaters were reported flying south-east over West Hougham at 12:15 (per Paul Holt). A Little Egret, a Lapwing and 2 Teal at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts). A Garden Warbler and 6 Ravens at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).


Diamond-back Moth at Horn Street, where Metalampra italica (Italian Tubic) was new for the year, whilst Coleophora alcyonipennella (Clover Case-bearer) at Seabrook was also new for the year (Paul Howe). A Silver Y and 3 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe where Varied Coronet was new for the year, as was Large Skipper at Fisherman's Beach (Ian Roberts).


5th - Epermenia falciformis (Large Lance-wing) and Platytes cerussella (Little Grass-veneer) at Horn Street and Lyonetia clerkella (Apple Leaf Miner) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe), as were L-album Wainscot and Heart & Club at Hythe (Ian Roberts)


4th - A Turtle Dove and 2 Cuckoos at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).


Nascia cilialis (Orange-rayed Pearl) at Casebourne Wood was a new species for the area, whilst additions to the year list there included Small Yellow Wave, Scallop Shell, Sloe Pug, Small Clouded Brindle, Green Silver-lines, Olindia schumacherana (White-barred Twist), Pandemis cinnamomeana (White-faced Twist), Ancylis diminutana (Small Festooned Roller) and Epinotia bilunana (Crescent Bell)Dusky Brocade and Pine Carpet at Cheriton were also new for the year (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A Diamond-back Moth and a Silver Y at Horn Street, where Phtheochroa sodaliana (Buckthorn Conch), Eudonia delunella (Pied Grey) and Mottled Beauty were new for the year, as was The Fan-foot at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 

Nascia cilialis at Casebourne Wood
(Ian Roberts)

Alabonia geofferella at Casebourne Wood (Brian Harper)

Dusky Hook-tip at Horn Street

(Paul Howe)

Clay Triple Lines at Horn Street

(Paul Howe)

3rd - A migrant Reed Warbler was singing from tamarisk at Mill Point (Ian Roberts).


A Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook where Maple Prominent was new for the year. 2 Diamond-back Moths at Hythe where Anania coronata (Elder Pearl) was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


2nd - 2 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook, where Lozotaenia forsterana (Large Ivy Twist) was new for the year. A Diamond-back Moth at Horn Street (Paul Howe).


1st - A Little Egret flew over Hythe Ranges (Paul Howe).


Map-winged Swift, Green Arches, Ingrailed Clay, Galleria mellonella (Wax Moth) and Udea olivalis (Olive Pearl) at Peene were new for the year (Brian Harper). A Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook where White Satin was new for the year. A Dusky Hook-tip and 3 Diamond-back Moths at Horn Street where Clay Triple-lines was new for the year (Paul Howe).


January to May 2018 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 2017 Folkestone & Hythe Bird Report and 2017 Non-avian report are available as free downloads (click on the links to open).