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.

Green Woodpecker

I have been trying to see a Green Woodpecker since i started in January. In the last week i have seen 4 different ones.

The Green Woodpecker (Picus viridus) is one of the 3 different woodpeckers we get in Britain (the other two are the Great Spotted Woodpecker and the Lesser Spotted Woodpecker). These are quite big birds and thier favorite food are ants. The other name for them is the Yaffle because thier call is like a yaffling laugh.

In the book Henry Williamson mentions a woodpecker but doesnt say which one it is.

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