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.

Fish Trap

I'm really excited because we were out catching sticklebacks today when we saw some bigger fish, they may be minnows and i have not seen them before. We couldn't catch them though so we have made some fish traps out of an old lemonade bottle. They are easy to make, cut the top off and turn it around and push it back in....

Once you have made it put a little bit of bread inside and then put it out, wedge it on the bottom of the river with some stones or sticks.

We are going to put them out tonight and check them in the morning. Fingers crossed we catch one.

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