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.

A Slime Mould

This is a Slime Mould which are really weird and interesting creatures. They move around the woodland floor eating fungi and organic matter. People have done tests on them and they can find their way through a maze but nobody knows how they do it, they don't have a brain so how can they remember? The picture shows the fruiting body which releases spores, they are usually colourful. Now I know what they are I see them quite often.

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