Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 17th December
The 2018 area bird year list is 198 species (195 species at the same time last year)
17th - A Woodcock, a Tufted Duck, a Snipe, a Teal, a Stonechat, 8 Siskins and 77 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). A Tufted Duck at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

Winter Moth at Folks' Wood this evening was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

16th - A Purple Sandpiper on the beach at Hythe opposite Stade Street (Ian Roberts).

Caspian Gull at Nickolls Quarry

(Brian Harper)

Caspian Gull at Nickolls Quarry

(Brian Harper)

Marsh Tit at Paraker Wood

(Louise Gower)

Palpita vitrealis at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

15th - 2 adult Caspian Gulls at Nickolls Quarry, 2 Sanderling at the Willop Outfall and 10 Fieldfares at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper).


13th - A Peregrine and 5 Chiffchaffs at Beachborough Park, where 2 Bramblings, 2 Redpolls and 17 Siskins flew west (Steve Tomlinson). 340 Cormorants off Sandgate (Ian Roberts).


12th - A Dark Sword-grass at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


11th - 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 8 Sanderling, 11 Oystercatchers and 31 Turnstone at the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts). A Tufted Duck and 7 Chiffchaffs at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


10th - A Barn Owl near Sene Valley golf course (Jamie Tomsett) and a Barn Owl flew across the A20 near Stone Farm (c.1 mile west of the Beachborough roundabout) (David Featherbe). A Short-eared Owl at Samphire Hoe (Les Collins). A Tufted Duck, 2 Siskins, 2 Redpolls, 4 Chiffchaffs and 35 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). 2 Siskins flew west at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


A Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


9th - 4 Shoveler at Donkey Street. A Wigeon at Botolph's Bridge. 15 Ringed Plover at Hythe Ranges. 10 Sanderling at the Willop Outfall. A Green Sandpiper, 2 Raven and 7 Snipe at Nickolls Quarry. A Chiffchaff along the canal at Hythe (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


8th - A Firecrest, a Chiffchaff, a Treecreeper (which appears to be a new species for the site) and 2 Green Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A Chiffchaff and 2 Firecrests along the canal at Palmarsh and 2 Little Grebes at Seabrook (Brian Harper). A Kingfisher and 6 Redshank at Folkestone Harbour (David Featherbe).


A rather late Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

7th - A Purple Sandpiper and a Rock Pipit at Battery Point (Brian Harper). A Fulmar and 160 Gannets flew west past Mill Point (Ian Roberts).


6th - A Woodcock, a Firecrest, a Stonechat, 2 Siskins, 6 Chiffchaffs, 8 Redpolls, 72 Fieldfares, 415 Mediterranean Gulls and 600 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson)


5th - 4 Chiffchaffs, 29 Fieldfares and 360 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


A Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


4th - 2 Stonechats, 2 Siskins, 4 Redpolls, 4 Chiffchaffs, 4 Little Grebes and 340 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

A Diamond-back Moth at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Red-throated Diver at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith)

3rd - A Firecrest, 3 Chiffchaffs, 3 Siskins, 400 Fieldfares and 600 Redwings at Beachbrough Park (Steve Tomlinson). A Blackcap and a Chiffchaff at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Peregrine and 2 Stonechats at Donkey Street and still good numbers of winter thrushes on the marsh too with nocturnal movements also continuing (Ian Roberts).


2nd - A Golden Plover, 2 Shoveler and 14 Teal at Donkey Street, a Firecrest at West Hythe and 6 Snipe at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper).


A Silver Y at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


January to November 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).