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

Last updated: 3rd March.

3rd – A Purple Sandpiper on the rock groyne opposite the Hotel Imperial and a Chiffchaff singing along the canal at Hythe (Ian Roberts). 2 Grey Partridges at Hythe Roughs and 4 Red-legged Partridges at Shrine Farm (Brian Harper). A Blackcap at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

2nd – 83 Brent Geese flew east at Seabrook (Paul Howe). A Pochard and 2 Tufted Ducks at Woodside Farm Pond (Brian Harper). A male Blackcap in a garden in Folkestone (per Jenny-Louise Read).

Diurnea fagella (March Tubic) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

1st – A Little Egret flew over Park Farm (Neil Frampton).


29th – Early Grey at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

27th – A Sanderling at Hythe (Sean McMinn).

25th – A Blackcap singing at Seabrook, where 160 Starlings flew east (Paul Howe).

21st – Additions to the moth year list included Small Brindled Beauty, Yellow Horned, Grey Shoulder-knot, Red Chestnut, March Moth, Caloptilia betulicola (Red Birch Slender) and Acleris literana (Lichen Button) at Folks’ Wood (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts) and March Moth also at Seabrook (Paul Howe).

19th – A Ring-necked Parakeet flew over Hythe (Martin Whybrow). A Siskin at Dibgate Quarry (Brian Harper).

Small Quaker at Seabrook (Paul Howe), Clouded Drab at Cheriton (Brian Harper) and Dark Chestnut at Hythe (Ian Roberts) were new for the year.

17th – 3 drake Goosanders at Botolph’s Bridge and a Lesser Redpoll flew over Chesterfield Wood (Brian Harper). 49 Great Crested Grebes off Folkestone Pier (Tony Poole).

16th A Jack Snipe at Beachborough Lakes (Brian Harper).

Oak Beauty at Seabrook was new for year (Paul Howe).

15th – A Chiffchaff, a Little Owl, 2 Canada Geese, 3 Barn Owls and 3 Greenfinches in the Aldergate/West Hythe area (Dylan Wrathall).

Depressaria daucella (Dingy Flat-body) at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

13th – Hebrew Character at Seabrook was new for the year (Paul Howe).

12th – 2 Firecrests at Horn Street recreational ground (Brian Harper). A male Bullfinch at Samphire Hoe (Paul Holt). A Stonechat at Princes Parade and a Razorbill at Folkestone Harbour Arm (Tony Poole). There was no sign of yesterday’s Purple Sandpiper.

11th – The first Purple Sandpiper of the winter at Stade Street groyne, Hythe (Dave and Denise Mansfield). A Great White Egret at Donkey Street, 3 Chiffchaffs at the Willop Sewage Works, a Green Sandpiper at Nickolls Quarry, and a Curlew and a Brent Goose at the Willop Basin (Ian Roberts). 3 drake Goosanders at West Hythe dam (Ross Newham).

10th – A drake Goosander at West Hythe dam, a Red-breasted Merganser at the Willop Outfall and 2 Shoveler at Nickolls Quarry (Brian Harper).

9th – A Green Sandpiper and 8 Lapwings at Botolph’s Bridge (Chris Gillard). A Tawny Owl at Lympne (Phil Sharp). A Woodcock at Samphire Hoe (Mick Banks).

7th – A Lapwing at Samphire Hoe, where 10 Brent Geese flew east (Mark Kennett).

Double-striped Pug at Hythe was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

6th – A Green Sandpiper and 2 Redshank at Nickolls Quarry (Ian Roberts).

5th – A drake Goosander, a Barn Owl and at least 8 Little Egrets at West Hythe dam (Dylan Wrathall).

2nd – A Green Sandpiper, 2 Redshank and 21 Shoveler at Nickolls Quarry and 150 Fieldfares at Shrine Farm (Brian Harper / Ian Roberts). A White-tailed Eagle (G542 from the reintroduction programme) flew over Hythe Ranges, Hythe Hill and Folks’ Wood (Sean McMinn / Phil Sharp).

Early Moth and Scrobipalpa costella (Winter Groundling) at Seabrook were new for the year (Paul Howe).

1st – 4 Shelduck flew west at Hythe (Glenn Tutton).

Dotted Border at Folks’ Wood was new for the year (Ian Roberts).

2024 sightings have been archived – click on the links for the review of bird sightings or lepidoptera sightings in 2024 to date.

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

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