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.

Be more Otter

People say that kids need to connect more with nature but this is difficult to do in a classroom. Sometimes you need to be wild to get a wild experience. I wanted to feel like an Otter so I decided that I needed to be more Otter, and do what they do. Floating under a waterfall and swimming after fish is great fun and you feel that you are a part of nature.

 But its also cold!!
Nothing like a nice bacon sandwich to warm you up after a swim though. 

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