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.

Over the Woods

On the way over the woods we saw this Buzzard on a telegraph pole sitting next to the Starlings, i wonder what they were talking about...

In the woods we found this Scarlet Elf Cup which is a fungus that grows on old dead twigs. It is bright red so it is quite easy to spot and it looks like a little cup which is why its called an elf cup. This was the biggest one i have ever seen.

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