Folkestone & Hythe birds, butterflies, moths and other natural history

Last updated: 11th July.

11th – Sallow Clearwing at Sellindge (Derek Smith) was yet another new macro moth for the area, whilst additions to the year list included Agnoea josephinae (Orange-headed Tubic) at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Black Arches, Ypsolopha nemorella (Hooked Smudge) and Gypsonoma dealbana (Common Cloaked Shoot) at Thorn Wood (Brian Harper) and Marbled Beauty, Small Wainscot and Coleophora galbulipennella (Kent Case-bearer) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

10th – Dingy Shears, Monochroa lucidella (Buff-marked Neb) and Catoptria pinella (Pearl Grass-veneer) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

9th – A Little Ringed Plover and 3 Green Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

The first area (and 5th county, 19th national) record of the Latin at Seabrook, where Leopard Moth and Triple-spotted Clay were also new for the year (Paul Howe), as was Pempelia genistella at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

7th – A Black Redstart at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).

Additions to the moth year list included Sussex Emerald and Pigmy Footman at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

5th – Additions to the moth year list included the Festoon, Sub-angled Wave, Nemapogon clematella (Barred White Clothes Moth), Dichomeris alacella (Lichen Crest), Teleiodes luculella (Crescent Groundling), Acleris umbrana (Dark-streaked Button), Apotomis capreana (Sallow Marble), Elegia similella (White-barred Knot-horn) and Acrobasis tumidana (Scarce Oak Knot-horn) at Bargrove Wood (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts) and Aphomia zelleri (Twin-spot Honey) at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

4th – A Whimbrel flew west at Hythe (Glenn Tutton).

Additions to the moth year list included Blotched Emerald at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Parachronistis albiceps (Wood Groundling) and Piniphila bifasciana (Pine Marble) at Folks’ Wood (Ian Roberts).

3rd – A Corn Bunting and 2 Marsh Harriers at Donkey Street (Steve Wood).

2nd – A Red Kite flew west over Hythe (Sean McMinn). 2 Green Sandpipers and 4 Little Ringed Plovers (3 juveniles) at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

Additions to the moth year list included Delplanqueia dilutella (Powdered Knot-horn) at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

1st – c.150 Swifts at Lympne Churchyard (Phil Sharp).

Additions to the moth year list included Acleris sparsana (Ashy Button), Sciota adelphella (Willow Knot-horn) and September Thorn at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Patania ruralis (Mother of Pearl) at Cheriton (Brian Harper).

June

30th – 2 Oystercatchers and 49 Common Scoter off Princes Parade (Chris Gillard).

Additions to the moth year list included Lunar-spotted Pinion at Cheriton (Edward Piper), Plumed Fan-foot and Agapeta zoegana (Knapweed Conch) at Hythe and Cydia fagiglandana (Large Beech Piercer) at Cheriton (Ian Roberts), Digitivalva pulicariae (Fleabane Fanner) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Brachmia blandella (Gorse Crest) at Thorn Wood (Brian Harper).

29th – Additions to the moth year list were Euzophera pinguis (Ash-bark Knot-horn) and Small Emerald at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

28th – Additions to the moth year list included Pammene albuginana (Blotched Piercer) and Archips crataegana (Brown Oak Tortrix) at Spring Lane (Brian Harper), Ypsolopha parenthesella (White-shouldered Smudge), Argyresthia retinella (Netted Argent), Gold Swift, Bordered Beauty and Round-winged Muslin at Gibbin’s Brook (Ian Roberts) and Catoptria verellus (Marbled Grass-veneer) and Large Emerald at both sites.

27th – Additions to the moth year list included Marasmarcha lunaedactyla (Crescent Plume) at Cheriton (Dan van Orsouw), Small Fan-footed Wave at Seabrook, Achroia grisella (Lesser Wax Moth) and Udea prunalis (Dusky Pearl) at Cheriton, and Anarsia innoxiella (Acer Sober) and Ostrinia nubilalis (European Corn-borer) at Seabrook and Cheriton (Paul Howe / Brian Harper), and the Lackey, the Drinker, Argyresthia albistria (Purple Argent), Elachista atricomella (Black-headed Dwarf), Anarsia spartiella (Small Sober) and Dichomeris marginella (Juniper Webber) at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).

26th – 7 Sandwich Terns and 57 Common Scoters off Hythe (Glenn Tutton).

Additions to the moth year list included Lunar Hornet Moth, Orange-tailed Clearwing and Palpita vitrealis (Olive-tree Pearl) at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Kent Black Arches at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and Scarce Silver-lines at Hythe and Epinotia tenerana (Nut-bud Moth) at Saltwood (Ian Roberts).

25th – Additions to the moth year list included Epinotia signatana (Black-brindled Bell), Epermenia falciformis (Large Lance-wing), Acleris logiana (Grey Birch Button), the Phoenix, Orange Moth and Striped Wainscot at Smallpox Hill, and the Miller and Varied Coronet at Hythe (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts) and Lozotaeniodes formosana (Orange Pine Tortrix) and Chilo phragmitella (Reed Veneer) at Seabrook (Paul Howe). The first Marbled White of the year at Folkestone Downs (Tony Poole).

24th – A newly-fledged Tawny Owl at Lympne Church (Phil Sharp). A Whimbrel, 7 Common Scoter and 11 Gannets flew west past Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).

Additions to the moth year list included Psychoides verhuella (Hart’s-tongue Smut) and Rosy Footman at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Dolicharthria punctalis (Long-legged China-mark) and Swallow-tailed Moth at Hythe (Ian Roberts).

23rd – A Little Egret at Samphire Hoe, where 6 Mediterranean Gulls and 18 Common Scoter flew west (Mark Kennett). 5 Ravens at Lympne Church (Phil Sharp). A Little Owl and 2 Marsh Harriers at Donkey Street (Steve Wood)

The first Small Skippers of the year at Abbotscliffe (Tony Poole). Additions to the moth year list included Spatalistis bifasciana (Small Purple Button) at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Barred Straw at Cheriton (Brian Harper).

22nd – c.640 Common Scoter off Hythe (Glenn Tutton). 62 Swifts flew west at Lympne (Phil Sharp).

Minor-shoulder Knot and Pammene fasciana (Acorn Piercer) at Thorn Wood (Brian Harper) and Blue-bordered Carpet at Seabrook (Paul Howe) were new for the year.

21st – Additions to the moth year list included Bordered Pug, Cream-bordered Green Pea, Brachmia inornatella (Fen Crest), Gillmeria pallidactyla (Yarrow Plume), Hedya salicella (White-backed Marble) and Anania perlucidalis (Fenland Pearl) at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

20th – A Green Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

The second and third area records of Great Oak Beauty at Black Hill, Pedlinge, whilst Endotricha flammealis (Rosy Tabby) at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

19th – A Turtle Dove and 2 Green Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

A micro moth attracted to the API lure at Seabrook yesterday afternoon by Paul Howe has been confirmed as the first British record (although, remarkably, on the same day as two were also recorded near Ashford) of Dryadaula heindeli. This species was only first described in southern Germany in 1998 and has subsequently been collected in Italy, Spain, Switzerland, France, Belgium (in 2016) and the Netherlands and Norway (in 2017). Gustad & Aarvik (2017) wrote that it was “probably present in large parts of Europe, and the discovery in additional localities … can be expected. … Due to its diurnal habits, it avoids being captured in light traps, .. and the use of pheromones in suitable habitats, can probably be the most effective searching method”. Endothenia oblongana (Downland Marble) at Seabrook (Paul Howe), and Rosy Minor at Hythe, and Obscure Wainscot and Scalloped Oak at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were other additions to the year list.

18th – A Honey Buzzard flew over Hythe (Sean McMinn). A Turtle Dove and a Green Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

White-line Snout and Exoteleia dodecella (Pine Groundling) at Folks’ Wood were new species for the area, whilst further additions to the year list included Small Yellow Wave, Lobster Moth, Red-necked Footman, Green Silver-lines, Ptycholoma lecheana (Brindled Twist), Ancylis obtusana (Small Buckthorn Roller), Ancylis diminutana (Small Festooned Roller) and Scoparia basistrigalis (Base-lined Grey) (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). Ruddy Carpet and Evergestis extimalis (Marbled Yellow Pearl) at Hythe (Ian Roberts), Enarmonia formosana (Cherry Bark Tortrix) at Cheriton and Eudonia delunella (Pied Grey) and Hypsopygia glaucinalis (Double-striped Tabby) at Seabrook were amongst the other additions.

17th – A Hobby at Abbotscliffe (Mark Kennett).

L-album Wainscot at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Metalampra italica (Italian Tubic) at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

16th – A Whimbrel, 3 Razorbills and 55 Gannets flew west past Samphire Hoe (Mark Kennett).

14th – 2 Green Sandpipers at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts). Barn Owls have nested again at Pent Farm, and have one chick (Debbie Reynolds).

13th – A Green Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

Additions to the moth year list included Dewick’s Plusia at Hythe (Ian Roberts) and Double Square-spot at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

12th – A Green Sandpiper and 2 Egyptian Geese at Nickolls Quarry and a Corn Bunting at Botolph’s Bridge (Ian Roberts). 4 Sandwich Terns and c.1,000 Common Scoter off Hythe (Glenn Tutton). 6 Ravens flew over Lympne (Phil Sharp).

Choreutis nemorana (larva) at Hythe was the only addition to the moth year list (Ian Roberts).

11th – Additions to the moth year list included Gypsonoma oppressana (Poplar Shoot) at Dollands Moor (Ian Roberts).

10th – c.250 Swifts flew west over Seabrook (Mel Wrigley).

Additions to the moth year list included the Vapourer (larva) at Cheriton (Vincent Lloyd), Purple Clay at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Synaphe punctalis (Long-legged Tabby) at Hythe and Ethmia dodecea (Dotted Ermel) and Mecyna asinalis (Coastal Pearl) at Folkestone Warren (Ian Roberts).

9th – A Black Redstart at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts). A pair of Corn Buntings at the Aldington Road (Brian Harper). A Grey Heron arrived in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Additions to the moth year list were Small Blood-vein and Beautiful Golden Y at Hythe and Narrow-bordered Five-spot Burnet at Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts) and Currant Clearwing at Eaton Lands (Simon Warry).

8th – A Hobby at Creteway Down (Brian Harper).

Additions to the moth year list were Pancalia leuwenhoekella (Violet Cosmet) and Uncinus obductella (Kent Knot-horn) (larva) at Smallpox Hill, Pine Carpet at Kiln Wood and Aethes beatricella (Hemlock Yellow Conch) at Hythe and Myelois circumvoluta (Thistle Ermine) at Hythe Roughs (Brian Harper).

7th – 2 Egyptian Geese at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper).

Additions to the moth year list included Lathronympha strigana (Red Piercer), Ghost Moth, Lace Border, the Fern, Clouded Brindle and Grey Arches at Folkestone Warren, Agapeta hamana (Common Yellow Conch) at Donkey Street and Glyphipterix thrasonella (Speckled Fanner) at Shorncliffe (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts).

6th – A Little Egret flew west at Hythe (Glenn Tutton).

Additions to the moth year list included Ancylis badiana (Common Roller) at Cheriton (Brian Harper), and White Satin Moth at Hythe and mines of Eriocrania sparrmannella (Mottled Purple) at Gibbin’s Brook (Ian Roberts).

5th – 6 Oystercatchers and 8 Sanderling flew east at Hythe (Glenn Tutton). A Peregrine flew west at Lympne (Phil Sharp). A Cuckoo at Nickolls Quarry and a Corn Bunting at the Abbotscliffe (Ian Roberts).

Additions to the moth year list included the Delicate and July Highflyer at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts), Riband Wave and Buff Arches at Seabrook (Paul Howe) and Lyonetia clerkella (Apple Leaf Miner) at Cheriton (Brian Harper).

4th – 2 Grey Herons flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Additions to the moth year list included Brussels Lace, Phalonidia manniana (Water-mint Conch), Water Ermine, Beautiful Hook-tip and Middle-barred Minor at West Hythe dam (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts) and Sloe Pug at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

3rd – A Cuckoo at West Hythe and a Corn Bunting at the Aldington Road (Ian Roberts).

Additions to the moth year list included Calamotropha paludella (Bulrush Veneer) and Privet Hawk-moth Seabrook (Paul Howe), Dusky Brocade at Thorn Wood and Gypsonoma sociana (White Cloaked Shoot) and the Sycamore at Cheriton (Brian Harper), and Brindled White-spot at Kiln Wood, the Four-spotted at Hythe Roughs and Eucosma obumbratana (Two-coloured Bell) at Round Hill (Ian Roberts).

2nd – A Honey Buzzard arrived in off the sea at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

1st – A Hobby and 2 Lapwings at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). 155 Swifts flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

Orthotaenia undulana (Woodland Marble) at Thorn Wood (Brian Harper) was new for the year.

January to May 2024 sightings have been archived – click on the links for the reviews of bird sightings and lepidoptera sightings in 2024 to date.

For the reviews of sightings in 2023 and earlier years visit the “Annual Reports” section.

This website is maintained by Ian Roberts. For enquiries or to report sightings please contact me at ian_rober@yahoo.co.uk.

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