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Folkestone & Hythe Birds,

butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 26th November

The 2021 area bird list is 209 species (200 at the same time last year)

26th - 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite Stade Street (Chris Gillard).


25th - The Dartford Warbler again at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). A Chiffchaff, a Grey Wagtail and 2 Ravens at the Aldergate Bridge (Dylan Wrathall).


24th - A Reed Bunting and 2 Snipe at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett). A Barn Owl at the Aldergate Lane junction (Dylan Wrathall).


23rd - 2 Purple Sandpipers at Hythe, opposite the Hotel Imperial (Chris Gillard). A male Marsh Harrier at the Willop Basin (Ian Roberts).


22nd - A Rough-legged Buzzard was reported at Samphire Hoe at midday (Steve Bean), whilst a Snow Bunting flew over in the morning, when an Eider, a Pintail, 2 Red-breasted Mergansers, 2 Lapwings, 7 Gadwall, 9 Dunlin, 21 Razorbills, 23 Red-throated Divers, 43 Kittiwakes, 60 Teal, 157 Brent Geese, a record count of 194 Shelduck and 205 Wigeon flew east and a Fieldfare was present all day (Ian Roberts / Paul Holt).

21st - The Dartford Warbler again at Samphire Hoe (Pete Findlay). 4 Golden Plovers flew in off the sea at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).


A late Clouded Yellow at Underhill, Horn Street (Chris Gillard).


20th - The Dartford Warbler again at Samphire Hoe, also a Black Redstart and a Little Egret below Abbotscliffe (Mike Fitch / Lee Walker). A Purple Sandpiper at Hythe, opposite the Hotel Imperial (Ian Roberts).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


19th - A Scarce Bordered Straw, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe). An Oak Rustic, a Palpita vitrealis and 5 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


18th - A Black Redstart at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt).


17th - A Barn Owl and 3 Little Egrets at West Hythe dam (Dylan Wrathall). 2 Black Redstarts at the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts).


A Radford's Flame Shoulder and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Gem and a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


16th - The Dartford Warbler again at Samphire Hoe, where a Snow Bunting flew west (Phil Smith / Paul Holt). A Little Owl at Church Hougham (Mark Kennett).


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


15th - A Barn Owl, 3 Little Egrets and c.12 Golden Plovers at West Hythe (Dylan Wrathall). A Red-breasted Merganser, a Pintail, a Gadwall, 2 Sandwich Terns, 11 Wigeon, 30 Shelduck and 33 Brent Geese flew past Samphire Hoe, where 120 Starlings arrived in off the sea (Ian Roberts).


Acleris ferrugana (Rusty Oak Button) was new for the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe). 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


14th - A Teal, 4 Brent Geese and 14 Shelduck flew past Mill Point, where a Brambling and 170 Starlings arrived in off the sea (Ian Roberts). A Marsh Tit at Folkestone Rugby Club (David Featherbe).


A Delicate and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


13th - A Snow Bunting and 5 Siskins flew east at Abbotscliffe and 11 Stock Doves flew west (Ian Roberts). A Swallow at Palmarsh (Dave Brown).


A Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


12th - 10 Common Scoter flew west past Mill Point and 470 Starlings arrived in off the sea (Ian Roberts).


A Gem, 2 Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 3 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


11th - A redhead Goosander and 2 Green Sandpipers at Botolph's Bridge, between the rail bridge and the sea, also a Woodcock flew over Stonereach Bridge at dusk. A Velvet Scoter flew west past the Dymchurch Redoubt, also a Rock Pipit there. 2 Little Egrets roosted at West Hythe. 6 Razorbills and 18 Common Scoter on the sea off Hythe (Ian Roberts).


A Rusty-dot Pearl at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


10th - The Dartford Warbler again and a Shag, 2 Little Egrets and 2 Brent Geese at Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett). A Little Egret and 6 Goldcrests at West Hythe, where 170 Redwings flew west (Dylan Wrathall). A Little Egret, 3 Rock Pipits, 4 Razorbills and 5 Redshank in the Folkestone Harbour area (Elliot Ranford). A Shag offshore of Seabrook (Paul Howe).


A Noctule at West Hythe (Dylan Wrathall).

9th - 3 Rock Pipits, 10 Gannets and 24 Guillemots at Folkestone Pier and 2 Redshanks at Folkestone Harbour (Elliot Ranford)


A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Cheriton, where the Sprawler was new for the year (Brian Harper). 6 Palpita vitrealis at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


8th - 15 Brambling, 19 Stock Doves and 355 Starlings flew over Abbotscliffe. A Sandwich Tern at the Willop Outfall (Ian Roberts).


An Oak Rustic, a Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and a Rusty-dot Pearl at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


7th - 4 Sandwich Terns and 6 Stonechats at Hythe Ranges (Ian Roberts). A Peregrine flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


The Streak at Seabrook was new for the year, also 3 Rusty-dot Pearls there (Paul Howe). A Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) and 2 Rusty-dot Pearls at Hythe (Ian Roberts).


6th - A Dartford Warbler, a Shag and a Brent Goose at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt / Martin Collins / Phil Smith). A Green Sandpiper, a Corn Bunting, a Redpoll, 3 Tree Sparrows, 5 Brent Geese and 23 Lapwings in the Donkey Street/Willop Basin area (Ian Roberts).


5th - A Wheatear, a Chiffchaff, 2 Snow Buntings, 2 Ring Ouzels and 2 Fieldfares at Abbotscliffe, where 3 Siskin, 4 Redpoll and 7 Golden Plover flew west and 26 Blackbirds arrived in off the sea. A Purple Sandpiper and 2 Sandwich Terns at Hythe (Ian Roberts / Elliot Ranford). A Grey Heron and 27 Brent Geese flew east at Seabrook and 247 Starling flew west (Paul Howe).


4th - A Snow Bunting, a Reed Bunting, a Snipe, a Swallow and 25 Blackbirds at Abbotscliffe, where 3 Golden Plover flew west. 6 Blackbirds and 30 Redwings flew in off the sea at Samphire Hoe. 2 Dunlin and 12 Lapwing at the Willop Basin. 2 Shelduck, 3 Red-breasted Mergansers, 3 Sandwich Terns, 6 Teal, 8 Dunlin, 12 Razorbills and 53 Brent Geese flew past Mill Point and 415 Starlings arrived in off (Ian Roberts / Paul Holt). A Mistle Thrush, 7 Song Thrushes, 29 Redwings and 45 Fieldfares flew west at West Hythe, also a Peregrine and 2 Little Egrets there (Dylan Wrathall).


A Delicate at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


3rd - A Ring Ouzel at Copt Point (Dale Gibson). A Swallow, a Redpoll and 2 Bramblings flew over Abbotscliffe and a Chiffchaff at Samphire Hoe (Ian Roberts).


The first December Moth of the year at Seabrook (Paul Howe).


2nd - 3 Tree Sparrows at Abbotscliffe, where 2 Redpolls, 5 Siskins, 8 Bramblings, 25 Stock Doves, 120 Starlings and 210 Woodpigeons flew over. A Blackcap, a Chiffchaff and 2 Bramblings at Copt Point, where 7 Siskins flew in off the sea (Ian Roberts). A Blackcap at Samphire Hoe (Phil Smith). 3 Siskins flew east over Cheriton (Chris Gillard).


The second September Thorn of the year at Seabrook was of note (Paul Howe).


1st - A Water Rail, a Chiffchaff and 31 Blackbirds at Seabrook, where 2 Ravens flew east and a Swallow and 63 Goldfinches flew west (Dylan Wrathall).


January to October 2021 sightings have been archived - click on the links for the review of bird sightings or moth, butterfly and other sightings in 2021 to date.


For the reviews of sightings in 2020 and earlier years click on: Annual Reports