Moor Otters

Be an Otter Spotter this summer

Visit Dartmoor is delighted to be the Official Tourism Partner of Moor Otters 2020. If you are planning to visit Dartmoor this summer to take part in the Arts Trail, you can find everything you need for your trip on this website from places to stay, eat and visit, to family attractions and outdoor activities.

Moor Otters Art Trail

The hugely successful public arts trail, which aims to raise £60,000 for projects that conserve and enhance Dartmoor’s habitats, promote understanding and improve accessibility for everyone, returns this summer.

From May to September there will be 80 sculptures, each individually designed and decorated by artists, across publicly accessible areas of Dartmoor and surrounding towns and villages. The sculptures will be of adult otters accompanied by their cub.

Pamela Woods, Chair of Dartmoor National Park Authority, said: “Dartmoor is loved for its wild open moorland, wooded valleys, babbling streams and rivers and diverse animal life. Moor Otters helps people connect with this special place on a deeper level and understand why its precious habitats are so important.”

Moor Otters helps build connections with people of all ages. People will be able to find, learn about and interact with the sculptures. Each otter and cub sculpture will have information about Dartmoor and people are encouraged to share their photos on social media using the hashtag #MoorOtters

People can explore four different Moor Otter trails by foot, pushbike or public transport or any way they like with prizes given for sustainability. Local schools will get mini sculptures so children can create their own artwork for display at Princetown Visitor Centre in the summer holidays.

At the end of summer the sculptures will be auctioned off to raise money for vital conservation and access projects in the National Park, so everyone can enjoy it today, tomorrow and in the future.

In 2017 Moor Otters raised £60,000 for Donate for Dartmoor and money was reinvested in conservation, outreach and understanding work in key areas. They were:

Junior Rangers: Helps 12-16 year-olds develop practical and personal skills that promote awareness for our environment.

Non-native plant control: Clearing Himalayan Balsam and American Skunk Cabbage from riverbanks and the moor to help native species can flourish.

Footpath repairs: Improving and restoring eroded paths, clearing gorse, fencing and signage to help make places more accessible for everyone.

For more information visit: www.dartmoor.gov.uk/enjoy-dartmoor/moor-otters