Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 12th November
The 2018 area bird year list is 194 species (192 species at the same time last year)

12th - 3 Purple Sandpipers on the groyne at Stade Street (Sean McMinn). A Firecrest, 2 Stonechats, 5 Siskins, 8 Redpolls, 45 Redwings and 80 Fieldfares at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


Scarce Umber at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


11th - 2 Purple Sandpipers and 12 Turnstone on the groyne at Stade Street (Ian Roberts).

10th - A juvenile Long-tailed Skua flew past Hythe at 13:00 (Sean McMinn) and 2 Purple Sandpipers on the groyne at Stade Street (Ian Roberts). A Swallow at Nickolls Quarry and a Firecrest at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper). A Ring Ouzel and a Chiffchaff at Samphire Hoe (Martin Collins / Paul Holt).


9th - A Chiffchaff, 3 Firecrests and 20 Goldcrests at Mill Point, where 2 Red-breasted Mergansers flew east (Ian Roberts). A Chiffchaff at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley).


2 SIlver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


8th - A Teal, a Redpoll, 2 Chiffchaffs, 2 Fieldfares, 2 Little Grebes, 4 Siskins, 10 Goldcrests and 33 Redwings Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


A Delicate at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

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Purple Sandpipers at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

7th - A Common or Pallid Swift flew east over central Folkestone at around 11:00 (John Tomlinson). A Sandwich Tern and 3 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe (Dave Brown). 2 Fieldfares, 3 Redpolls, 11 Siskins, 12 Goldcrests, 55 Redwings and 70 Blackbirds at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).

6th - A Ring Ouzel and 8 Goldcrests at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith / Ian Roberts). 2 Firecrests, 2 Redpolls, 2 Bramblings, 2 Chiffchaffs, 10 Goldcrests, 11 Fieldfares and 90 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson). A Firecrest and at least 9 Goldcrests at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). 2 Little Egrets at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


A Spoladea recurvalis (Maize Moth) and a Silver Y at Cheriton (Brian Harper). A Dark Sword-grass at Horn Street and a Diamond-back Moth at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).


5th - A Brambling, 2 Chiffchaffs, 22 Greenfinches, 30 Fieldfares and 113 Redwings at Beachborough Park (Steve Tomlinson).


4th - The first Purple Sandpipers of the winter were seen at Stade Street groyne, Hythe (Glenn Tutton / Chris Gillard) and at the Hythe Redoubt (Ian Roberts).


3rd - A Yellow-browed Warbler, a Grey Wagtail, a Kingfisher and 2 Ravens at the Aldergate Bridge (Dylan Wrathall). A probable Rough-legged Buzzard flew west over Abbotscliffe at 10:40 (Chris Gillard).

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Spoladea recurvalis at Cheriton (Brian Harper)

2nd - A Snow Bunting at Abbotscliffe, where a Marsh Harrier, 2 Bramblings, 29 Siskins, 95 Chaffinches and 130 Starlings flew over. A Firecrest and 13 Goldcrests at Mill Point. 4 Corn Buntings at Donkey Street. 3 Green Sandpipers at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts). A House Martin, 18 Common Crossbills, 55 Redwings, 68 Fieldfares and 149 Meadow Pipits at Beachbrough Park (Steve Tomlinson). 


An Oak Rustic and a Dark Sword-grass at Hythe and a Red Admiral at Mill Point (Ian Roberts). A Delicate and 2 Red Admirals at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Snow Bunting at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts)

Brent Goose at Hythe Redoubt (Brian Harper)

1st - A Firecrest and a Shag at Mill Point (Brian Harper).


4 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Silver Y and a Diamond-back Moth at Cheriton (Brian Harper).


January to October 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).