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.

Lapwings after school


My dad picked us up from school and said he had seen Lapwings in the field on the edge of the village. I ran home and put my wellies on and we drove upto the field. I had my fingers crossed that they would still be there because i had never seen them before.

When we arrived there was more than 100 in the field.

We watched them for 20 minutes, it was great seeing them fly around.

Then we went to the pond and watched the shovellers and drank a flask of tea and ate custard cream biscuits.

I crossed Lapwings off my list.

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