Hi, I'm Rudi, i'm 8 years old and my favourite book is 'Tarka the Otter' by Henry Williamson. Its about the life of an otter named Tarka and British Wildlife. One night i was reading the book with my dad and i said that i wanted to see all the animals in the book, he said i should do it and call it the Tarka Challenge. My Tarka Challenge started on 1st January 2012. The book contains 89 birds, 54 land based animals, 120 plants and 56 aquatic organisms.

The rules are simple, i must either see each thing myself or photograph it using my trail camera. I will try and see each thing on my local patch (Ogmore River Catchment) but may need to look somewhere else in Britain.

Alun Valley

We set off early this morning, my dad gave me a backy on his mountain bike. We went over to the Afon Valley to volunteer with the Butterfly Conservation group. On the way i found a bank voles house with a pile of hazelnut shells outside it.

We helped out the High Brown Fritillary butterfly by copicing the hazel with the other volunteers. I enjoyed talking about wildlife and drinking a hot cup of tea. I crossed hazel and oak off the list.

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