A Wildlife Haven
The village of North Petherwin near Launceston is home to rare breeds of otter, deer, and other spectacular wildlife. Enjoy our photo gallery and audio from The Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre.
The Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre is celebrating its latest arrival.
One of their otters called Harriet recently gave birth to a cub. It's the first result in the centre's breeding programme.
BBC Radio Cornwall's reporter Alison Johns went along to find out more about the breeding programme, and the centre itself. Click on the link below to hear her report:
Enjoy a photo gallery showing otters, deer and owls from the centre:
At the Centre the British Otters are kept in naturalistic pens where they can be seen (or sometimes not) swimming and on dry land.
See the otters swimming and eating
The centre is also home to a group of Asian Short Clawed Otters. They are far smaller than the British Otters, and more sociable.
These otters often find things to play and juggle with, and are always curious about anything new. The 'Tamar family' consists of six otters at the moment, from the large and rather rotund Raymond (Dad) to the much smaller Solo, who at ten months old is the baby of the Asian Short Clawed group.
The centre is also home to Fallow Deer living in the nearby wood, and a number of Wallabies and Muntjac Deer who, although much more shy than the Fallow Deer, can be seen all over the centre - keep your eyes peeled.
Look out for the Deer herds
Far more easy to spot are the variety of Owls, particularly Karulah, a very tame Bengal Eagle Owl with piercing orange eyes, and Lucy and Poirot, the European Eagle Owls; whose relatives are establishing breeding colonies in the wild in Lancashire and Yorkshire.
The Tamar Otter and Wildlife Centre was originally set up as part of the Otter Trust in 1985. It was taken over by John and Mandy Allen in April 2006 with the aim of improving the site and making the public aware of the various animals and birds that inhabit our countryside and towns. A visit to the centre allows you to see the species at close quarters.