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Moor Otters Return

Hugely successful Moor Otters arts trail returns to Dartmoor

Hope and Joy Moor Otter by Sally Rich

Dartmoor National Park is bringing the hugely successful Moor Otters arts trail back for 2020.

From May to October 80 sculptures, each individually designed and decorated by artists and local talent, will be dotted across Dartmoor and surrounding areas as part of four different Moor Otter trails. At the end of summer all Moor Otters will be exhibited as a collection with 20 becoming ‘Golden Moor Otters’ and auctioned to raise money for Donate for Dartmoor.

Princetown Visitor Centre will feature a display of mini sculptures decorated by local schools.

The otter has made a comeback on Dartmoor over the last 18 years and Moor Otters celebrates this shy and secretive creature which loves to play in Dartmoor’s rivers.

Moor Otters is a brilliant way to have fun on Dartmoor and learn about caring for it whilst raising money to look after the moor’s cultural heritage, habitats and wildlife so everyone can enjoy it today and in the future. Each sculpture will have information about Dartmoor and people are encouraged to share photos on social media with the hashtag #MoorOtters.

See Moor Otters in Ashburton

Otters can sometimes be seen playing in the River Ashburn

Pop into Ashburton Information Centre for more information and to see our very own Moor Otter!

Designed by Devon artist Sally Rich ( our otter depicts life in and on the banks of a stream - the natural habitat of Dartmoor’s otters. Otters can sometimes be seen playing in the River Ashburn which flows through the town and under the Information Centre and several shops in the town.

Follow Dartmoor National Park online ( on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and YouTube to get involved.

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