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.



We went on a RSPB walk today at Ogmore-By-Sea. We met some nice people who showed me a Purple Sandpiper, Ringed Plover and Stonechat. We saw some Oystercatchers wandering around the beach car park.

We stopped at Portobello Island and saw Redshank, Goldeneye, Mute Swan, Shellduck, Goosanders and Turnstone

Redshank at Ogmore River



Turnstone at Portobello Island

We stopped to check the pond by the Watermill and saw a Greylag Goose, Little Eggret and a Heron flying off down river.

Grey Lag Goose at the Watermill

I crossed these off my list

Ringed Plover
Mute Swan

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