Folkestone & Hythe Birds

and other natural history

Last updated: 18th October
The 2018 area bird year list is 189 species (184 species at the same time last year)

Forthcoming event: Guided bird-watching walk in search of autumn migrants, Saturday 20th October, 10 a.m. to midday. Meet at the cliff-top cafe at Capel-le-Ferne (free parking on Old Dover Road).

18th - A pair of Hawfinches at Horn Street (Paul Howe).

The first Small Mottled Willow of the year, 2 Clancy's Rustics, 3 Diamond-back Moths and 4 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Moth) at Cheriton, where November Moth agg. was new for the year (Brian Harper). A Golden Twin-spot, a Cydalima perspectalis (Box-tree Moth), a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Delicate, a Clancy's Rustic, a Dark Sword-grass, 2 Palpita vitrealis and 4 Large Wainscots at Hythe and a Gem at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts). A Gem at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 

17th - A Yellow-browed Warbler at Horn Street, where 2 Crossbills flew east (Paul Howe). A Ring Ouzel, 2 Little Egrets and 6 Redwings at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley). A Ring Ouzel, a Water Rail and 2 Teal at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson). 15 Siskins flew east at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).

The first Gem of the year, a Vestal, a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Silver Y, 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 4 Diamond-back Moths at Horn Street and a Silver Y, 2 Vestals and 2 Palpita vitrealis at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Cydilama perspectalis (Box-tree Moth), a Diamond-back Moth, a Tawny Pinion, a Plumed Fan-foot, 2 Rusty-dot Pearls, 3 Clancy's Rustics, 3 Silver Ys and 4 Palpita vitrealis at Cheriton (Brian Harper). A Rusty-dot Pearl, 2 Clancy's Rustics and 3 Palpita vitrealis at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

16th - The first 2 Vestal of the year, a Delicate, a Clancy's Rustic, a Silver Y, 2 Cydilama perspectalis (Box-tree Moth), 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 3 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook and a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Rush Veneer, a Dark Sword-grass, 2 Palpita vitrealis, 2 Plumed Fan-foot and 2 Diamond-back Moths at Horn Street (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl, a Delicate, a new Cydilama perspectalis, 2 Silver Y, 3 Clancy's Rustics and 4 Palpita vitrealis at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Rusty-dot Pearl, a Silver Y and 2 Palpita vitrealis at Cheriton (Brian Harper).  

15th - 3 Bramblings flew west at Beachborough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson).

The sixth and seventh area records of Cydilama perspectalis (Box-tree Moth), a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Delicate, 3 Clancy's Rustics and 6 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Clancy's Rustic and 2 Palpita vitrealis at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

Cydalima perspectalis at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Cydalima perspectalis at Seabrook (Paul Howe)

Scarce Bordered Straw at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Golden Twin-spot at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Oak Rustic at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

The Streak at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Palpita vitrealis at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Merveille du Jour at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Raven at Abbotscliffe

(Ian Roberts)

Sparrowhawk at Shorncliffe
(Brian Harper)

Kestrel at Princes Parade

(Brian Harper)

Bramblings at Samphire Hoe

(Paul Holt)

14th - A Richard's Pipit flying west at Abbotscliffe was the highlight of this year's Wildlife Migration Day, whilst a Brambling, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, 7 Redwings, 14 Reed Buntings, 20 Song Thrushes, 24 Siskins, 24 House Martins, 25 Sky Larks, 29 Yellowhammers and 200 Linnets were also seen there (Ian Roberts). A Ring Ouzel, a Mistle Thrush, a Siskin, 2 Brambling, 7 Redwings and 11 Song Thrushes at Creteway Down (Brian Harper). A Ring Ouzel, a Great Spotted Woodpecker, a Mistle Thrush, 2 Jays, 15 Chiffchaffs, 18 Sky Larks, 25 Meadow Pipits, 26 Song Thrushes, 40 Chaffinches and 60 Linnets at Capel-le-Ferne Gun Site (Dale Gibson). A Wheatear, a Kingfisher and a Black Redstart at Samphire Hoe, where 7 Little Egrets flew east (Paul Holt / Martin Collins / East Kent Wildlife Group / David Featherbe). A Raven flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


It was also a good night in the moth traps, with the fifth area record of Cydilama perspectalis (Box-tree Moth), a Dark Sword-grass, 2 Silver Ys, 4 Clancy's Rustics and a record count of 7 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Hythe, where Green-brindled Crescent was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Clancy’s Rustic, a Diamond-back Moth, 2 Silver Ys and 3 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Four-spotted Footman, a Silver Y, 4 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 5 Clancy's Rustics at Cheriton and a Rush Veneer at Creteway Down (Brian Harper). 2 Clouded Yellows at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


13th - A Brambling at the Hythe Canal (Brian Harper). A Reed Warbler and 2 Siskins at West Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Jay, 3 Stonechats and 3 Yellowhammers at Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley).


A Golden Twin-spot, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Clancy's Rustics and 3 Silver Ys at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Silver Y and 4 Clancy's Rustics at Cheriton (Brian Harper). A Delicate at Seabrook, where the Streak was new for the year. A Dark Sword-grass, 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), 2 Delicate, 4 Diamond-back Moths and 6 Clancy's Rustic at Horn Street (Paul Howe).


12th - A Palpita vitealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Clancy's Rustic at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Horn Street, whilst Acleris rhombana (Rhomboid Tortrix) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


11th - A Wood Lark flew west over Seabrook (Paul Howe).


An Oak Rustic at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Clancy's Rustic and 2 Silver Ys at Mill Point. A Four-spotted Footman, a Diamond-back Moth, 2 Silver Ys and 6 Clancy's Rustics at Chertion. 2 Silver Ys and 4 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


10th - A Brambling, a Snipe, 3 Redwings, 6 Reed Buntings, 30 Sky Larks and 120 Goldfinches at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). 46 Siskins flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe), 42 Siskins flew east at Mill Point (Brian Harper) and 40 Siskins flew east at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


A Delicate and a Clancy's Rustic at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 4 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


9th - The Yellow-browed Warbler and 2 Ring Ouzels again at Samphire Hoe, also several Redwings, Chiffchaffs, Blackcaps and Goldcrests there (Phil Smith). 2 Bramblings at Copt Point (Alistar Mackay). 3 Yellow Wagtails flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Clancy's Rustic and 2 Delicates at Seabrook (Paul Howe).  


8th - A Yellow-browed Warbler, 2 Ring Ouzels, 2 Bramblings and several Redwings, Siskins and Chiffchaffs at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt / Les Collins / Ian Roberts). A Brambling, 2 Blackcaps, 5 Song Thrushes and 8 Chiffchaffs at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A group of 6 Ravens flew west over Lympne Castle (Philip Sharp).

Brambling at Samphire Hoe

(Ian Roberts)

Four-spotted Footman at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Merveille du Jour at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Feathered Thorn at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

7th - A Redshank and 11 Turnstone at Hythe, where 6 Brent Geese flew east (Chris Gillard). 7 Brent Geese flew east at Mill Point and 12 Redwings flew west at West Hythe (Ian Roberts). 51 Brent Geese flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 20 Meadow Pipits at Copt Point (Alistair Mackay).


A Rush Veneer and 2 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


6th - 50 Siskins flew west at Horn Street (Paul Howe).


A Delicate and a Clancy's Rustic at Seabrook, where Feathered Thorn was new for the year (Paul Howe). A Delicate and 8 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

5th - A Porter's Rustic, a Four-spotted Footman, 2 Rush Veneers and 12 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Four-spotted Footman and 2 Clancy's Rustics at Seabrook (Paul Howe). Blair's Shoulder-knot at Cheriton was new for the year (Brian Harper).


4th - A Siskin, a Grey Wagtail, 11 Sky Larks and 100 House Martins flew over Abbotscliffe (Mark Varley / Ian Roberts).


A Dark Sword-grass, 3 Silver Y and 9 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Delicates and 2 Clancy's Rustics at Seabrook (Paul Howe).



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Porter's Rustic at Hythe (Ian Roberts)

3rd - 2 Reed Buntings, 2 Goldcrests, 3 Jays, 10 Siskins and 13 Blackcaps at Abbotscliffe, where 18 Sky Larks arrived in off the sea (Mark Kennett). 2 Tree Sparrows, 2 Redpolls, 4 Bramblings and 113 Siskins at Beachbrough Lakes (Steve Tomlinson). 


A good night for migrant/dispersing moths, with a Pale-lemon Sallow (first local record since 2014), a Rusty-dot Pearl, a Dark Sword-grass, a Diamond-back Moth, a Silver Y, 2 Large Wainscots and a record count of 25 Clancy's Rustics at Hythe, where The Mallow was new for the year (Ian Roberts). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Diamond-back Moth, 2 Silver Ys and 3 Clancy's Rustics at Cheriton (Brian Harper). A Plumed Fan-foot, a Clancy's Rustic and a Silver Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Pale-lemon Sallow at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Palpita vitrealis at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Cosmopterix pulchrimella at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)

Bloxworth Snout larva at Hythe

(Ian Roberts)


January to September 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).