Ed Sheeran keeps a host of wild animals at his Suffolk estate.

The 26-year-old singer is gearing up to head out on his first tour in two years, but it won't just be family and friends that he has to say goodbye to as he's also admitted to keeping a horde of animals - including otters, hedgehogs, and barn owls - in his garden.

He said: ''I've got otters, hedgehogs, I have herons, barn owls, I've got a bunch of stuff. It's a cool environment to be in.''

It's not a complete animal paradise for the 'Shape of You' hitmaker, however, as some of his animals don't get along.

He added to The Sun newspaper: ''The otters are funny because I bought some koi fish. I spent a bit of money on these because I wanted to have some nice fish for my pond. This otter -obviously has expensive taste and ate all of them. So we bought some more koi fish for the otter. Now this otter lives there and is just sitting there smoking a cigar, living the expensive life.''

In addition to his wildlife, the 'Castle on the Hill' singer also shares two cats with his girlfriend Cherry Seaborn, and previously said he knew he had fallen hard for her when he agreed to add the feline friends to their home.

He said: ''I'm actually the happiest I've been and it's because I had a year to spend with someone. I've always started relationships then gone off on tour. I spent every day for a year with this certain person, we kind of have a strong relationship now which is good. I'm really secure now, we live together and we have cats, and I think when you have cats that's kind of it.''