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.

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I didn't expect this. The last day of my holidays and Grampy took me down the beach at Monk Nash. When we were walking down a Stoat ran across the road in front of us. It was so quick i couldn't get a picture but its another tick off my list and its one of the hardest things to see.

Then when we were on the cliffs i saw my first Chough, it flew over our heads calling, I've been trying to see one for ages. The Chough is a type of crow, for more including its call check -



Stoat (Mustela erminea)

Found in lots of places but very difficult to see. Some say it is the perfect killing machine and can kill things much bigger than itself including rats, rabbits and birds. The stoat is a bit bigger than its relative the weasel, and its got a black tip to its tail which a weasel hasn't. In winter the stoats fur can change to all white to camouflage it in the snow, this is known as its ermine coat. Stoats are cool.

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