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.


Insects are cool but the problem is that everything eats them. If you are going to be an insect and survive you need to be able to hide. This is Lesley my Leaf Insect, she really does look like a leaf. She has the perfect camoflague. Leaf insects are not found in thw wild in Britain. They live in tropical forests around the world.


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