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.

Out & About



Wheatear (Oenanthe oenanthe)
Linnet (Carduelis cannabina)
Swallow (Hirundo rustica)
Goldcrest (Regulus regulus)
Small Tortoiseshell (Nymphalis urticae)
Hare (Lepus europaeus)

Me and dad went for a walk up Ogmore Down and saw 10+ Wheatear. We also saw Linnet and a Small Tortoiseshell butterfly. When we got home we had some lunch then we all went on a family walk down to Dunraven Bay. I found some crystals in a rockfall. On the way home we saw a Hare in the woods, a couple of Goldcrests and lots of Swallows darting around catching flies.



Small Tortoiseshell


Jackdaw nesting in church window, he has decorated his nest with a plastic rose flower.

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