Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 20th April
The 2019 area bird year list is 156 species (166 species at the same time last year)

20th - A Greenshank at Nickolls Quarry, a Red Kite and a Lesser Whitethroat at West Hythe, single Wheatears at Hythe Redoubt and Princes Parade, and a Snipe and 3 Yellow Wagtails at Donkey Street (Brian Harper). A Wheatear, a Black Redstart and 4 House Martins at Samphire Hoe, where a Whimbrel, 5 Shelduck, 15 Brent Geese and 22 Mediterranean Gulls flew east (Ian Roberts). A Willow Warbler, 2 Corn Buntings, 4 Swallows and 4 Whitethroats at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley) . A Water Rail, 2 Cetti's Warblers and 4 Reed Warblers at Princes Parade (Steve Smith). A Grey Heron flew in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


Swallow Prominent, Iron Prominent and Brimstone Moth were new for the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe). Tachystola acroxantha (Ruddy Streak) at Hythe was also new. A Clouded Yellow at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts). A Wall and a Small Copper at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley).


19th - 2 Red Kites flew over Folkestone (Dale Gibson). A Grasshopper Warbler at Hythe Roughs, a Yellow Wagtail and 2 Reed Warblers at Donkey Street and 9 Green Sandpipers at Beachborough Lakes (Brian Harper). A Reed Warbler, a Yellow Wagtail, 2 Green Sandpipers, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Cetti's Warblers and 5 Sedge Warblers at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A total of 63 Mediterranean Gulls flew east at Hythe (Sean McMinn / Ian Roberts) and 4 Whimbrel and 5 Shelduck flew east past Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). 2 Whitethroats at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


A Blossom Underwing and a Silver Y at Hythe, where Pale Prominent was new for the year (Ian Roberts). Least Black Arches, Flame Shoulder, Agonopterix subpropinquella (Ruddy Flat-body) and Scrobipalpa costella (Winter Groundling) at Seabrook were also new for the year, where Small Copper, Speckled Wood, Holly Blue and Brimstone were also of note (Paul Howe). A Holly Blue in a garden in Saltwood (Clive Nuttman).


18th - A Black Kite flew south-west over Cheriton at 15:15 (Paul Howe). A Reed Warbler, a Willow Warbler and a Whitethroat at Princes Parade and a Reed Warbler and a Yellow Wagtail at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts). A Corn Bunting, a House Martin, 4 Whitethroats and 8 Swallows at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley). 2 Whitethroats, 3 Swallows, 4 House Martins and 4 Black Redstarts at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). A Mandarin on the canal at Hythe (Glenn Tutton). A Willow Warbler at Folkestone (Neil Frampton).


Red Twin-spot Carpet at Folkestone Warren, Caloptilia rufipennella (Small Red Slender) at Cheriton and Coleophora serratella (Common Case-bearer) at Beachborough (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts) were new for the year. A Holly Blue at Cheriton (Paul Howe), a Dingy Skipper and a Speckled Wood at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley), several Speckled Woods along the canal between Hythe and West Hythe (Clive Nutmann) and a Brimstone at Beachborough (Ian Roberts).


17th - A Redstart, a Lesser Whitethroat, a Wheatear, a Swallow, 2 Willow Warblers and 9 Song Thrushes at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A drake Mandarin on the canal at the Seabrook, also a Whitethroat there (Ian Roberts). A Willow Warbler at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).


Nut-tree Tussock, Yellow-barred Brindle and Gracillaria syringella (Common Slender) at Cheriton (Brian Harper), Lime-speck Pug at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Caloptilia betulicola (Red Birch Slender) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.


16th - 4 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe opposite Stade Street (Sean McMinn). A Whitethroat, a Willow Warbler and 2 Sedge Warblers at Nickolls Quarry and a Corn Bunting at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts). A Sedge Warbler at Princes Parade (Brian Harper).


Digitivalva pulicuriae (Fleabane Smudge) at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper), as were Caloptilia elongella (Pale Red Slender) and Mompha epilobiella (Common Cosmet) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). The first Wall, Green Hairstreak, Dingy Skipper and Cydia ulicetana (Grey Gorse Piercer) at Cheriton Hill, where 7 Pyrausta despicata were also of note (Alfie Gay) and Dingy Skipper was also noted at Samphire Hoe, where Clouded Yellow and Brimstone butterfly were noteworthy (Phil Smith).

Dunlin at Nickolls Quarry

(Brian Harper)

Chiffchaff at West Hythe

(Brian Harper)

Buzzard at Samphire Hoe

(Martin Collins)

Grey Wagtail at Beachborough

(Steve Tomlinson)

Lesser Swallow Prominent at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Dingy Skipper at Samphire Hoe

(Phil Smith)

Early Spider Orchid at Samphire Hoe

(Phil Smith)

The Mullein at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

15th - A Great Skua, 2 Arctic Terns, 2 Whimbrel, 3 Wigeon, 6 Bar-tailed Godwits, 14 Teal, 24 Shoveler, 145 Gannets and 157 Common Scoter flew east past Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). 


14th - 6 Little Gulls flew east past Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). A Dunlin at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper).


13th - A Red Kite at Folkestone Warren (Julian Russell / Alfie Gay). 2 Pintail, 2 Shoveler, 2 Brent Geese, 4 Common Terns, 8 Bar-tailed Godwits, 13 Teal and 15 Whimbrel flew east past Samphire Hoe also a Wheatear and 2 Swallows there (Steve Cutt). A Willow Warbler, 6 Swallows and 6 Green Sandpipers at Beachborough Lakes, a Whitethroat at Folkestone Racecourse and 3 House Martins, 8 Sand Martins and 30 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper).


Shuttle-shaped Dart at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


12th - A Whimbrel, a Little Grebe and a Little Egret at Mill Point (Brian Harper). A Willow Warbler, a Swallow, 2 Little Egrets and 2 Shelduck at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley / Paul Edmondson / Ian Roberts). A White Wagtail and 16 Swallows at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


The Mullein at Hythe (Ian Roberts), Common Pug at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Hofmannophila pseudospretella (Brown House-moth) at Cheriton (Brian Harper) were new for the year. The first Early Spider Orchids are now in flower at Samphire Hoe (Derek Smith).


11th - The Jack Snipe, a Willow Warbler at 6 Swallows at Beachborough Park, where 44 Sky Larks flew south (Steve Tomlinson).


Agonopterix pallorella (Pale Flat-body) at Holy Well was new for the year (Alfie Gay).


10th - A Jack Snipe and 2 Willow Warblers at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). 6 Common Terns, 6 Dunlin, 12 Fulmars, 33 Sandwich Terns, 50 Brent Geese and 93 Common Scoter flew east past Mill Point, also a Shag offshore there and a Swallow arrived in off the sea (Ian Roberts).


The first Speckled Wood at Shorncliffe (Brian Harper). 2 Brimstone and 2 Large Whites at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


9th - A male Ring Ouzel, a Jack Snipe, a Sand Martin, 3 Swallows, 6 Redwings, 17 Blackcaps and 17 Chiffchaffs at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). A male Common Redstart at the Beach Road estate, Hythe (Andrew South).


Eudonia angustea (Narrow-winged Grey) at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Garden Carpet at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and V-Pug at Cheriton (Brian Harper) were new for the year, also a Silver Y at the latter site. 


8th - A White Stork flew east over Samphire Hoe (Shelagh Wright). A Bearded Tit flew west over Beachborough Lakes, also a House Martin, 3 Redwings, 5 Swallows and 13 Chiffchaffs there (Steve Tomlinson). The first Whitethroat and Yellow Wagtail at Nickolls Quarry, also a Green Sandpiper there and a Marsh Harrier flew over Hythe Roughs (Roger Norman / Ian Roberts). A Wheatear and 4 Redwings at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).


An Adonis Blue larva was seen at Folkestone Downs (Alfie Gay) and Acleris literana (Lichen Button) at Cheriton (Brian Harper), Chinese Character, Pale Mottled Willow and Endrosis sarcitrella (White-shouldered House Moth) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Lunar Marbled Brown, Caloptilia falconipennella (Scarce Alder Slender) and Cacoecimorpha pronubana (Carnation Tortrix) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.

White Stork at Samphire Hoe

(Shelagh Wright)

Raven at Beachborough Park

(Steve Tomlinson)

Acleris literana (Lichen Button) at Cheriton (Brian Harper)

Muslin Moth at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

7th - A Green Sandpiper, 2 Sand Martins and 4 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A Marsh Harrier and 2 Ravens at Donkey Street (Brian Harper).


6th - A Little Gull, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 11 Common Terns and 160 Sandwich Terns flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Shag and a Black Redstart there (Steve Cutt / Ian Roberts). 2 Swallows and 8 Sand Martins at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper).


Lesser Swallow Prominent at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and Muslin Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year, also a Small White at the latter site. 2 Harbour Porpoises at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt / Ian Roberts).

Willow Warbler at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson)

Brent Goose at Samphire Hoe

(Phil Smith)

Shag at Samphire Hoe

(Phil Smith)

Black Redstart at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith)

5th - A Black-throated Diver, a Great Skua, a Little Gull, 190 Gannets, 260 Common Scoter and 265 Sandwich Terns flew east past Mill Point. A Green Sandpiper, 2 House Martins, 2 Swallows and 33 Sand Martins at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A Wheatear and a Black Redstart at Samphire Hoe, where 3 Eider flew east (Geoff Burton). A Great Skua flew east past Copt Point (Mark Varley). 3 Swallows at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


A Harbour Porpoise and a Common Seal at Samphire Hoe (Geoff Burton).


4th - A Manx Shearwater, 2 Arctic Skuas, 3 Eider, 4 Great Skuas, 5 Red-breasted Mergansers, 6 Velvet Scoters, 56 Brent Geese and 355 Common Scoter flew past Mill Point. 27 Sand Martins at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A Jack Snipe, a Willow Warbler, 2 Swallows, 2 Blackcaps and 11 Chiffchaffs at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


Agonopterix rotundella (Rolling Carrot Flat-body) and Agonopterix arenella (Brindled Flat-body) at Samphire Hoe were new for the year (Steve Cutt). A Small Copper at Folkestone Warren (Alfie Gay).


3rd - A Jack Snipe, a White Wagtail, a Willow Warbler, 2 Swallows, 3 Redpolls and 10 Chiffchaffs at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). A Chiffchaff and 2 Blackcaps in a garden in Folkestone (John Tomlinson).


2nd - A possible Night Heron was seen between Sandling Station at the A20 at 17:00 but could not be relocated (Garry Blackburn). A Great White Egret at Donkey Street. The first Willow Warbler of the year, a Blackcap and 13 Sand Martins at Nickolls Quarry. A Green Sandpiper at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts). A Shag and a Black Redstart at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). A Cetti's Warbler along the canal near Palmarsh (Colin Green).


Parornix anglicella (Hawthorn Slender) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) was new for the year.


1st - 4 Garganey, a Marsh Harrier, 18 Sandwich Terns, the first 22 Common Terns of the year and 38 Kittiwakes flew east past Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). 3 Swallows and 40 Sand Martins at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). 4 Buzzards flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Blackcap and 2 Marsh Tits at Paraker Wood (Louise Gower).


January to March 2019 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 2018 Folkestone & Hythe Bird Report and 2018 Non-avian Report are available as free downloads (by clicking on the links).