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.

Slimbridge Trip


Mum and Dad took me and Finn to Slimbridge today for our first trip. We were really excited. When we walked out and saw all the birds it was amazing. We walked around and listened to a talk about the North American River Otters, they were really cool.

We went out into the hides and watched the wild birds. We saw a White Fronted Goose, Black Headed Gull, Wigeon and Reed Bunting which were all on the list. The Reed Bunting just sat there while my Dad took some pictures

Black Headed Gull

There were loads of Wood Pigeons, Coot and Moorhens walking around.

There were some other birds there that i saw for the first time, they were not on the Tarka List but i was glad to see them

Bewick Swan



While we were watching the birds we saw some wild Rabbits

On the way home we stopped off at the Forest of Dean and i saw my first Nuthatch and Marsh Tit, we even saw a Great Spotted Woodpecker in the tree next to our car

It was dark and cold when we got home and we sat in front of the fire talking about what we had seen. I crossed these off my list

Reed Bunting
White Fronted Goose

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