A local wildlife hero

Ten-year-old Rudi Bright is the youngest member at The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. Rudi, who lives in Bridgend, has been highly praised in local wildlife circles for his passion and eagerness to learn about nature.

As well as monitoring nest boxes at Coed-y-Bwl nature reserve, Rudi is logging the breeding activities of great tits, blue tits, coal tits, robins – and a pair of tawny owls.

Rudi has already completed a major part of his quest to see and identify all 300-plus species in Henry Williamson’s book, Tarka the Otter – a challenge which has taken him to the Scottish highlands and islands in search of rare animals.

Amazingly, he managed to see an otter – and recorded it overnight on a trail camera. And he also tracked down white-tailed eagles on Mull and red squirrels and pine martens at Loch Sunnart. So far, Rudi has spotted 208 species – and his efforts have been rewarded with a Tarka Challenge Trophy from the Bridgend Group at their annual members’ night.

Find out what Rudi has to say about his love of nature in this interview with Lyndsey Maiden from The Wildlife Trust of South and West Wales. You can also read his blog here.