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.

Busy Weekend

We had a busy weekend out and about. We tried to see the Short Eared Owl again but he wasnt around. We went to bosherton lilly ponds and on a local walk and saw lots of wild flowers so managed to tick quite a lot off the list.

 Snowdrops (Galanthus nivalis)

 Lesser Cellandine (Ranunculus ficaria)

Wood Anenone (Anenone nemorosa)

We put out a fish trap in the river Alun baited with an old stinky crab. We were trying to catch an Eel. When we checked it the nest day there was no eel but there were some Nymphs, we think they were Stonefly Nymphs. These are underwater insects before they turn into flies, a bit like when caterpillers turn into butterflies. We also found a tiny little leech which we think was a Horse Leech. I crossed these off my list.

Horse Leech (Haemopsis sanguisuga)

Stonefly Nymph (Protonemura meyeri)

We saw some moss growing by the river and some beardy lichen growing on an old tree.

Sphagnum Moss (Spagnum cuspidatum)

Lichen (Usnea glabrescens) http://www.britishlichens.co.uk/index.html

We got up early on Sunday and drove to the woods to here the dawn chorus. The owls were hooting and the birds were singing. We saw the sunrise and then in the evening we went up the common with some friends and watched the sunset. We saw a Yellowhammer, my first Wheatear and a Piperstrelle Bat.




Dunnock (Prunella modularis)

It was a really good weekend even though I had a cold. I'm tired now and tomorow in school my class is walking to the beach.

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