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.

Pine Marten

Pine Marten - Martes martes

These are really cool animals and quite a bit like cats. They have long legs compared to a Stoat and really bushy tails. They mainly come out at night and are really good at climbing things. We fed peanuts and eggs (raw) to this family. Three different ones visited, a really big fat one, a small one and a really small one. I think its was 2 parents and one little one. We loved watching them, they came every night. The first one in the video is a different one filmed at the loch, sniffing an Otter spraint.


  1. Nice! I'm really loving your site, Rudi. I too am a British wildlife lover. I heard about this in the "Wildlife Watch" magazine, with your picture of a Tawny Owl? Nice shot! My neighbour keeps owls, he works for a sanctuary. :)

    1. Thanks for the comments, glad you like the blog.