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.

Summer of 2013 - Part 2

Just realised that not all of out photos uploaded so here's part 2.........

Chips for table 24!!!
I came home from school on Thursday to find a pot on my doorstep with this dead dragonfly in it, I don't know who left it but I identified it as a male Southern Hawker

A large Parasol mushroom

The Comma I found in my bathroom

A Small Copper (from above)

A Small Copper (side view)

A Wall Brown

A Holly Blue

A refreshing bottle of Tarka mineral water

A Harvetsman with some red mites on its back

Sunflowers on the heritage coast

Froglets in my garden

A common lizard

A Cuttlefish at Anglessey aquarium

A Common Blue

A warty Toad

An Elephant Hawkmoth caterpillar eating Himalayan Balsam

This is the inside of a Bass's moth, my uncle caught this when fishing in the sea

A Chanterelle mushroom, very tasty

Found this in the garden, its the fattest frog I've ever seen

Another Common Blue

A cool Hoverfly

Another Common Blue

Close up of a butterfly's eye
A Ringlet

The bug hotel we helped to make at Parc Slip

A Sea Slater, this thing was huge

Lenny the Blenny

A Brimstone Moth

A butterfly larvae

A thick thighed flower beetle

A wooly thistle growing on the coast

The glowing abdomen of a Glow worm

A grasshopper on the side of my house

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