Hythe is possibly just about in the RXwildlife area. Yesterday we added another species to our year lists by taking the 100 bus to see the wintering Purple Sandpipers. They frequent two "reefs" of imported rocks at the ends of Stade Street and Twiss Road. We couldn't see any on the Stade Street rocks but found two with 5 Turnstones at Twiss Road. Around high tide is said to be best, though the beach shelves steeply anyway. It's become a reliable and very accessible wintering site, the birds sometimes staying into May. For the latest bird (and moth) news, see www.folkestonebirds.com which reported 3 at Twiss Road on 9th and one there with 3 at Stade Street on 3rd. That website also covers some good sites nearby, so you could make a day in that area.
Tuesday, March 14, 2017