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.

Glamorgan Heritage Coast Walk

We went out on a walk with the Glamorgan Heritage Coast Rangers. The walk was really fun and we learnt quite a lot. We saw our first orange tip butterfly and managed to tick another two plants off the list.

 On our way to the Heritage Coast Centre we saw our first Bluebells of the year.

The lanes were full of the yellow flowers of Lesser Cellandine.

 We saw wild cabbage which is quite rare in wales.

Three young ravens were sat in the nest waiting for their lunch.

It can be quite scary on top of the cliffs, especially when it is windy.

The Rangers pointed out lots of wildlife and i managed to see two plants from the list.

Scrophularia nodosa - Figwort
The flowers for this plant grow on square stems.

 Gromwell is mentioned in the book but it doesn't say which type, there are more than one. This is the first type of gromwell i have seen, its purple gromwell and is very rare, especially in wales.

Lithospermum purpuro-caeruleum - Purple Gromwel

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