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.

Blackberries & Peatbog Faeries

I went to see one of my favourite bands last night, The Peatbog Faeries, it was awesome, i love the bagpipes. I was a bit tired at the end after all the jumping around.

Outside the concert i spotted these....

Everyone knows what these are, and how good they taste.

Bramble (Rubus fruticosus)
Also known as blackberry, good in a pie or a crumble or on its own. They provide a good food source for a lot of our wildlife. They are a well known plant and in the old days people thought that crawling under a bramble bush would cure boils. The fruit is made up of a cluster of segments called drupelets.

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