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.

Green Tiger Beetles

These cool green beetles belong to the Cicindelidae family. They are ferocious predators and run after thier prey. One of these beetles was clocked as running at 5 miles an hour which is really fast for something so small. We have five different species in the UK and the commonest is the Green Tiger Beetle. They get the name tiger from thier speed and fierceness, dont get too close though as they can use thier huge jaws to give you a nasty nip!

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