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.

Music and Waterfalls

Last week we went to the Croissant Neuf Music festival in Usk. Guess what we saw there, another Green Woodpecker! we also saw a Sparrowhawk, 5 Buzzards playing in the sky and we heard a Tawny Owl and a Great Spotted Woodpecker.

Every night we sat around a huge campfire.

We went to see our favourite musician, Seth Lakeman. We were right down the front, he was amazing.

We went to the waterfalls to look for a fish called a Stone Loach, on the way we spotted an Alder tree.

Its supposed to be summer but it was raining.

When we got to the waterfall we put our wetsuits and goggles on and went swimming looking for fish. The water was stained brown by peat and it was like diving into a pool of beer, we didn't see any fish but we had fun anyway. When we got out Dad cooked us curry and rice on the camping stove and we sat happily in the rain eating it.

We found these Teasel's growing close to my Nans house, the seeds are a favourite food of Goldfinch.

We also went for a walk along the new bit of coast path, it was quite windy but still warm because the sun was shining.

We found this plant growing on the edge of a field, its called Charlock

Off the list

Alder (Alnus glutinosa)
Charlock (Sinapis arvensis)
Teasel (Dipsacus fullonum)

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