Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 16th June
The 2021 area bird year list is 186 species (177 species at the same time last year)
16th - Another interesting night with the first modern area record of Scarce Merveille du Jour at Folkestone (Cathy Hearsey) and a Portland Ribbon Wave, a Netted Pug and an Elegia similella (White-barred Knot-horn) at Seabrook, where Lyonetia clerkella (Apple Leaf-miner) and Bryotropha terrella (Cinereous Groundling) were also new for the year (Paul Howe). Other additions to the list included the Lychnis at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Metzneria lappella (Burdock Neb), Apotomis turbidana (White-shouldered Marble) and Euzophera pinguis (Ash-bark Knot-horn) at West Hythe (Brian Harper).

Scarce Merveille du Jour at Folkestone (Cathy Hearsey)

Beautiful Golden Y at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Speckled Yellow at Folks Wood

(Tony Poole)

The Cinnabar at Folks Wood

(Tony Poole)

15th - There were numerous additions to the moth year list including Dichrorampha sequana (Square-spot Drill) at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper), Platytes cerussella (Little Grass-veneer) at Hythe and Ethmia quadrillella (Comfrey Ermel), Olindia schumacherana (White-barred Twist), Pammene albuginana (Blotched Piercer), Pammene aurana (Orange-spot Piercer), Small Yellow Wave, Brindled White-spot, Lobster Moth and Marbled Brown at Brockhill Country Park (Ian Roberts) and Ethmia quadrillella (Comfrey Ermel), Cochylimorpha straminea (Straw Conch), Achroia grisella (Lesser Wax Moth), Dioryctria abietella (Dark Pine Knot-horn), Orange-tailed Clearwing, Large Nutmeg and Beautiful Golden Y at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Portland Ribbon Wave at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Beautiful Marbled at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts)

Cryptic Fern at Folkestone Warren

(Ian Roberts)

The Fern at Folkestone Warren

(Ian Roberts)

Clouded Buff at Folkestone Downs

(Tony Poole)

Burnet Companion at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole)

Large Skipper at Folkestone Downs

(Tony Poole)

Painted Lady at Cheriton

(Tony Poole)

14th - A Cuckoo and a Redshank at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


Additions to the moth year list included Clouded-bordered Brindle and Anania lancealis (Long-winged Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Eudonia lacustrata (Little Grey) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


13th - Additions to the moth year list included Teleiopsis diffinis (Large Groundling) at Botolph’s Bridge and Pandemis cinnamomeana (White-faced Tortrix), Anania perlucidalis (Fenland Pearl), Lobesia relinquana (Oak Marble), Ptycholoma lecheana (Brindled Twist), Schoenobius gigantella (Giant Water-veneer) and Light Arches at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper), Eudonia mercurella (Small Grey) at Hythe and Yellow Shell at Hythe Roughs (Ian Roberts), and Ptycholoma lecheana (Brindled Twist), Lesser Cream Wave and Maple Prominent at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


12th - 8 House Martins and 60 Swifts flew in/east at Capel-le-Ferne (Ian Roberts). 4 Ravens flew east at Crete Road East (Mark Kennett).


L-album Wainscot, Plain Pug, Dichrorampha acuminatana (Sharp-winged Drill) and Myelois circumvoluta (Thistle Ermine) were new for the year at Hythe (Ian Roberts), as were Bactra lanceana (Rush Marble) and Evergestis extimalis (Marbled Yellow Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


11th - A Portland Ribbon Wave, a Beautiful Marbled, a Cryptic Fern, a Netted Pug, a Buttoned Snout and 2 Lace Borders at Folkestone Warren, where Agonopterix pallorella (Pale Flat-body), Ethmia terminella (Five-spot Ermel), Eupoecilia ambiguella (Vine Moth), Galium Carpet and Broken-barred Carpet were among the additions to the year list, whilst Clancy's Rustic at Hythe (Kevin Button / Ian Roberts) and Small Clouded Brindle at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were also new.

Black Stork at Sellindge

(Derek Smith)

White Spot at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Netted Pug at Cheriton

(Brian Harper)

Cydia strobilella at Nickolls Quarry

(Ian Roberts)

10th - A Grey Partridge flew over the A20 near Bluehouse Wood (Julian Russell). 3 Mediterranean Gulls flew east past Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Additions to the moth year list included Triaxomera fulvimitrella (Four-spotted Clothes Moth), Ancylis mitterbacheriana (Red Roller), Epinotia bilunana (Crescent Bell), Pine Hawk-moth, Barred Red, Red-necked Footman and  Cream-bordered Green Pea at Heane Wood (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts) and Eucosma hohenwartiana (Bright Bell) and the Flame at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

9th - 9 Bee-eaters flew in off the sea at Folkestone Warren, then headed east along the cliffs, a Hobby flew in off the sea at Capel Battery and 2 Little Egrets and 3 Red Kites flew over Hythe (Ian Roberts). A Bee-eater was heard calling over Church Hougham (Mark Kennett).

Netted Pug and Wormwood Pug at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and Tinagma ocnerostomella (Bugloss Spear-wing) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were among the additions to the moth year list. There was a mass emergence of thousands of Adonis Blues at Folkestone Downs (Alfie Gay / Nate Moss).

8th - 2 Cuckoos at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

White Spot, Treble Brown Spot and Alabonia geofferella (Common Tubic) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

7th - Additions to the moth year list included Clouded Buff at Castle Hill (Alfie Gay / Tony Poole), Roeslerstammia erxlebella (Copper Ermel), Agrotera nemoralis (Beautiful Pearl), Satin Lutestring and White-pinion Spotted at Kiln Wood (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts), Brown Rustic and Burnished Brass at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and a Garden Tiger larva at Cheriton (Ralph Thorogood).

6th - The Black Stork was again at Sellindge before it flew high north-east (Derek Smith). 3 Corn Buntings and 4 Little Egrets at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Grey Heron flew west over the sea past Seabrook (Paul Howe). A male White Wagtail was seen collecting food near Cock Ash Lake (Paul Holt).

5th - A Black Stork and 19 Red Kites flew north over Sellindge (Derek Smith). A Black Kite was reported flying north over Postling (per RBA). 8 Mediterranean Gulls flew past Hythe (Glenn Tutton). A pair of Grey Wagtails have bred at Westenhanger, fledging one young (Phil Sharp). A Willow Warbler in the Hougham Valley (Mark Kennett).

Bedellia somnulentella (Bindweed Bent-wing), Lobesia reliquana (Oak Marble) and the Spectacle were new for the year at Seabrook, where Rusty-dot Pearl and 5 Diamond-back Moths were of note (Paul Howe).

4th - A Lapwing flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Red Kite at Saltwood (Ralph Thorogood).

A Lace Border in the grazing area in Folkestone Warren (Alfie Gay / Jason Moule). Additions to the year list included Psychoides filicivora (Fern Smut),

Prays ruficeps (Dark Ash Bud Moth) and Channel Islands Pug at Seabrook, and Pretty Chalk Carpet at West Hythe (Brian Harper), whilst a Dark Sword-grass at Saltwood was of note (Colin Dunster).

Lace Border at Folkestone Warren

(Jason Moule)

Eulia ministrana at Saltwood

(Colin Dunster)

Palpita vitrealis at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

The Four-spotted at Hythe Roughs

(Brian Harper)

3rd - A Cuckoo and a Hobby at Seabrook (Paul Howe / Martin Whybrow). 15 Greylag Geese flew east over Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman).


Immigrant moths included a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl), a Cydia strobilella (Spruce-seed Moth) and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook, where additions to the year list included Agonopterix yeatiana (Coastal Flat-body), Evergestis limbata (Dark Bordered Pearl), Ghost Moth and Lunar Thorn (Paul Howe). Another Eulia ministrana (Brassy Tortrix) at Saltwood, where Alder Moth was among the additions (Colin Dunster). Nephopterix angustella (Spindle Knot-horn) at Hythe was also new for the year (Ian Roberts). Flame Wainscot at Samphire Hoe was another new moth for the area, whilst Oak Nycteoline and 8 Cream-spot Tigers were new for the year there and 30 Dew Moths were notable (Steve Cutt).


2nd - The Garden Warbler still at Princes Parade (Ian Roberts).


There were numerous additions to the moth year list including the first area record of  Eulia ministrana (Brassy Tortrix) at Saltwood, where Dusky Hook-tip, the Miller and Tawny-barred Angle were among many others (Kevin Button), Birch Mocha at Saltwood (Colin Dunster), Cydia strobilella (Spruce-seed Moth), Platyptilia gonodactyla (Triangle Plume) and Ancylis laetana (Aspen Roller) at Nickolls Quarry, Cochylis nana (Birch Conch) and Cypress Carpet at Hythe (Ian Roberts), Lobesia littoralis (Shore Marble) at Botolph's Bridge Road (Brian Harper) and Argyresthia spinosella (Blackthorn Argent), Purple Bar, the Sycamore, Bird's Wing and Small Angle Shades at Seabrook, where 2 Rusty-dot Pearls were also trapped (Paul Howe).


1st - A Cuckoo at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


The warmer weather led to a number of additions to the moth year list, including Aethes smeathmanniana (Yarrow Conch), Peach Blossom, Figure of Eighty and White-point at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper),  Aethes smeathmanniana (Yarrow Conch) and Small Phoenix at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Agonopterix purpurea (Small Purple Flat-body) and Rustic Shoulder-knot at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

May


31st - A Bee-eater heard calling over Samphire Hoe on several occasions (Paul Holt). A Marsh Harrier arrived in off the sea at Abbotscliffe (Andy Lawson).


Elephant Hawk-moth at Cheriton (David Jenkins), Willow Beauty at Cheriton (Brian Harper), Grey Birch and Epinotia immundana (Common Birch Bell) at Brockhill Country Park (Ian Roberts) and Chamomile Shark, Spruce Carpet and Buff Ermine at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year, also a Painted Lady at the latter site.


30th - 4 Swallows flew east at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


The Four-spotted at Hythe Roughs (Brian Harper), Speckled Yellow at Capel-le-Ferne and Cydia ulicetana (Grey Gorse Piercer) at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts) and Light Brocade and Common Wave at Seabrook were new for the year, also the first Hairy Dragonfly at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


29th - 8 Swallows flew east at Capel-le-Ferne (Ian Roberts).


Aphomia sociella (Bee Moth), Sallow Kitten, Pale Tussock, Cinnabar, the Campion, Setaceous Hebrew Character and Dark/Grey Dagger at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Vine's Rustic at Cheriton (Brian Harper) were new for the year.


28th - 8 Swifts at Folkestone (Elliot Ranford).


The Shears and Evergestis forficalis (Garden Pebble) at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Lime-speck Pug at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and Platyedra cinerea (Mallow Groundling) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.


27th - A Wheatear at Hythe (Sean McMinn). A Willow Warbler and a Corn Bunting at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts / Elliott Ranford).


A Beautiful Marbled at West Hythe, where Scorched Carpet, Scorched Wing and Orange Footman were among the additions to the year list (Brian Harper). 2 Fox cubs at Abbotscliffe (Elliot Ranford). A Small Blue at Folkestone Warren (Alfie Gay). Mottled Pug at Seabrook and Adela reaumurella (Green Long-horn) at Abbotscliffe were also new for the year, also a Clouded Yellow there (Paul Howe).

Beautiful Marbled at West Hythe

(Brian Harper)

Adonis Blue at Folkestone Warren

(Alfred Gay)

Garden Warbler at Princes Parade

(Ian Roberts)

Fox cub at Abbotscliffe

(Elliot Ranford)

26th - A Red Kite flew over Abbot's Court Farm (Brian Harper). 2 Redpolls flew over Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).


A Grey Seal off Folkestone Pier (Elliot Ranford).


24th - A record total of 66 Manx Shearwaters flew west past Hythe. 2 Cuckoos at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


23rd - The Garden Warbler still at Princes Parade (Ian Roberts). A Whimbrel at Hythe Ranges (Sean McMinn). A Firecrest singing at Port Lympne (Brendan Ryan). A Grey Heron flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


22nd - A Cuckoo, a Corn Bunting and 30 Swifts at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).


A Puss Moth at Horn Street was new for the year (Paul Howe).


21st - 14 Swifts and 25 House Martins arrived in off the sea at Mill Point (Ian Roberts).


20th - 2 Ravens have fledged from a nest at Lympne (Phil Sharp). 2 Red Kites near Castle Hill (Ralph Thorogood). A Shag at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). A Garden Warbler at Princes Parade and a Dunlin at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).


Lime Hawk-moth and White Ermine were new for the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


19th - 2 Willow Warblers, 3 Whitethroats, 4 Sedge Warblers and several Lesser Whitethroats at Nickolls Quarry (Roger Norman). A Willow Warbler at Brockhill Country Park (Ian Roberts). A Red Kite at Crete Road West (Mark Kennett).


18th - 4 Red Kites flew east over Hythe and a Corn Bunting at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts). A pair of Tufted Ducks at Brockhill Country Park (Paul Sidders). A Little Egret flew high to the east over Seabrook (Paul Howe).


The first Small Blue at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith) and Meadow Brown at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


17th - A Grey Partridge and 2 Corn Buntings at Abbotscliffe, where 28 Swifts arrived in off the sea (Mark Kennett / Ian Roberts). 16 Turnstone at Hythe (Bruce Findlay).


Light Feathered Rustic at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Syndemis musculana (Dark-barred Twist) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.


16th - 3 Hobbies at Lympne (Phil Sharp).


15th - An Arctic Skua flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Shag offshore. A Cuckoo, a Sand Martin and c.100 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). A Cuckoo at Hythe (Ralph Thorogood).


Yellow Belle at Samphire Hoe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).


14th - A Crossbill flew east at Abbotscliffe. The Garden Warbler singing again at Princes Parade. A Shag flew east at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).


A Dark Sword-grass and an Ypsolopha mucronella (Spindle Smudge) at Saltwood (Colin Dunster). A Silver Y and 4 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook (Paul Howe). The Nutmeg and Heart & Dart were new for the year at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


13th - A Great White Egret flew east over Hythe and a Hobby at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Hobby and a Wheatear at Samphire Hoe, where 5 Red-breasted Mergansers flew west. A Cuckoo at Donkey Street. A Sand Martin, 10 House Martins and 90 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry (Steve Cutt / Paul Holt / Ian Roberts).


The first Adonis Blue of the year at Round Hill (Alfie Gay), the first Treble Lines at Seabrook (Paul Howe), the first Broad-barred White, Turnip Moth and Knot Grass at Saltwood (Colin Dunster) and the first adult Large Yellow Underwing and a Silver Y at Folkestone (Cathy Hearsey).


12th - A Sand Martin, 3 Hobbies and 25 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry and a Snipe at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts).


11th - A Red-rumped Swallow with c.50 House Martins at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). A Wheatear and a Corn Bunting at Abbotscliffe, where 28 Swallows flew west (Paul Edmondson / Ian Roberts).


Brown Argus and Mother Shipton at Cherry Garden Hill were new for the year (Tony Poole / Ewan Hamilton / Alfie Gay). 3 Painted Ladies at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). Ethmia bipunctella (Bordered Ermel) was among additions to the moth year list at Hythe and 5 Painted Ladies were at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). Phtheochroa rugosana (Rough-winged Conch), Toadflax Brocade), Maiden's Blush and Peppered Moth were new for the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Painted Lady at Saltwood (Colin Dunster).

Common Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper)

Wheatear at Princes Parade

(Brian Harper)

Grey Wagtail at Westenhanger

(Phil Sharp)

Mute Swans at Hythe

(Glenn Tutton)

Mother Shipton at Cherry Garden Hill (Tony Poole)

Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Waved Umber at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Muslin Moth at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Painted Lady at Botolph's Bridge

(Brian Harper)

Painted Lady at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole)

Wall at Folkestone Downs

(Tony Poole)

Orange-tip at Folkestone Downs

(Tony Poole)

10th - A Nightingale singing along the canal near Palmarsh (Brian Harper). A Yellow Wagtail and a Willow Warbler at Abbotscliffe, a Wheatear at Donkey Street and a Common Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).


There were some signs of insect immigration with Silver Y and Painted Lady at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole / Alfie Gay), Rusty-dot Pearl, Painted Lady and 2 Diamond-back Moths at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Diamond-back Moth at Hythe and Painted Lady at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts). Oak-tree Pug and Waved Umber at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were among several additions to the moth year list.


9th - A Great Northern Diver, an Arctic Skua, 13 Brent Geese and 63 Common Scoter flew east past Samphire Hoe, also a Little Egret, a Yellow Wagtail, a Redpoll, 2 Wheatears, 2 Shags and 25 House Martins there. 2 Wheatears and 2 Corn Buntings at Abbostcliffe (Steve Cutt / Ian Roberts / Martin Collins / Barry Woolhouse / Phil Smith). A Cuckoo and 9 Common Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry, 2 Wheatears at Princes Parade and 13 Brent Geese flew east past Folkestone Pier (Brian Harper). A Hobby arrived in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


The first Painted Lady of the year at Botolph's Bridge (Brian Harper) and the first Holly Blue at Hythe (Clive Nuttman).


8th - The first Garden Warbler of the year at Princes Parade, where a Manx Shearwater, a Grey Plover, 2 Bar-tailed Godwits, 19 Whimbrel and 30 Dunlin flew past. A Greenshank and a Wheatear at Donkey Street. A Corn Bunting at the Willop Sewage Works (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).


7th - A Wood Warbler, a Ring Ouzel, a Willow Warbler, a Corn Bunting, a Little Egret and 2 Lesser Whitethroats at Abbotscliffe, where a Yellow Wagtail and 7 Swifts arrived in off the sea (Ian Roberts). A Hobby at Hythe and a Little Egret and 2 Grey Wagtails at Westenhanger (Phil Sharp). 5 Swifts at Capel-le-Ferne (Keith Shepherd).


A Clouded Yellow at Samphire Hoe (Dave Brown).The first Red Admiral of the year at Hythe (Chris Gillard).


6th - A Cuckoo, a Wheatear and 2 Snipe at Donkey Street and still large numbers of Swallows at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 2 Black Redstarts and 3 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe (Steve Cutt). 20 House Martins at Abbotscliffe (Elliot Ranford).


The first Common Blue of the year at Cherry Garden Hill (Ewan Hamilton / Tony Poole).


5th - A Turtle Dove, a Hobby, 10 Swallows and 19 Swifts arrived in off the sea at Abbotscliffe, also a Ring Ouzel, a Willow Warbler and a Corn Bunting there. A Spotted Flycatcher, a Hobby, a Willow Warbler and 150 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry. A Black-throated Diver on the sea off the Willop Outfall, where 2 Brent Geese flew east and 4 Swifts arrived in off the sea. 3 Whimbrel at the Willop Basin. A Wheatear at Donkey Street (Ian Roberts / Brian Harper). A Brent Goose and 2 drake Eider flew past Samphire Hoe and 5 Swallows arrived in off the sea (Steve Cutt). 2 Swifts arrived in off the sea at Seabrook, where 2 Shelduck flew west (Paul Howe). A Lesser Spotted Woodpecker reported at the A20 Westenhanger junction (Jamie Tomsett).


Lunar Marbled Brown at Seabrook and Esperia suphurella (Sulphur Tubic) at Hythe were new for the year (Paul Howe).


4th - An Arctic Skua and a Great Skua flew east past Mill Point, where 7 Manx Shearwaters flew west. A Swift, 2 Sand Martins, 30 House Martins and 70 Swallows at Nickolls Quarry. 3 Whimbrel at Botolph's Bridge (Ian Roberts). A Hobby hunting over the canal at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Swift flew in off the sea at Samphire Hoe (per Paul Holt).

Manx Shearwater at Mill Point

(Ian Roberts)

Callisto denticulella at Seabrook

(Paul Howe)

Rock Pipit at Folkestone Warren

(Tony Poole)

3rd - A Hobby arrived in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Swallows arrived in off the sea at Samphire Hoe, where 20 Oystercatchers flew west and 21 Sandwich Terns and 35 Common Scoters (Ian Roberts / Martin Collins / Barry Woolhouse / Mark Kennett). A Willow Warbler, a Swift and 3 Lesser Whitethroats at Nickolls Quarry (Chris Gillard).


Green Carpet at Folkestone Downs was new for the year (Nathan Jones).


2nd - A Wheatear, a Cuckoo, 2 Gadwall, 3 Snipe, 6 Yellow Wagtails and 8 Corn Buntings in the Donkey Street area. 2 Common Sandpipers at Hythe Ranges. 3 Swifts at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). 7 Whimbrel at Botolph's Bridge (Roger Norman). A Common Sandpiper along the canal at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Ring Ouzel, a Willow Warbler, a Wheatear, a Corn Bunting, 4 Sand Martins, 8 Swallows and 30 House Martins at Abbotscliffe and a Black Redstart and 2 Wheatears at Samphire Hoe, where 3 Whimbrel flew east (Paul Holt / Mark Kennett).


Callisto denticulella (Garden Apple Slender) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).


1st - The Nightingale was singing again at West Hythe (Brian Harper). 2 Ring Ouzels at Abbotscliffe (1 by the sound mirror, 1 at the old rifle range), also a Corn Bunting and 3 Lesser Whitethroats there, and a Yellow Wagtail and 16 Swallows arrived in off the sea (Ian Roberts). A Grey Heron and 3 Canada Geese flew west at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


The first 2 Dew Moths were on the wing at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).


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