Ben Fox
Ben Fox

The Moor Otters project to raise money for Dartmoor National Park has been a resounding success with people from all over Europe coming to Dartmoor to seek out the beautifully painted otters.

Launched in June, the Moor Otters project positioned 101 otter sculptures in various locations across Dartmoor and surrounding towns. The public arts initiative aims to raise £100,000 in support of Dartmoor National Park.

The whole project has captured the imagination of thousands of people who have been darting from place to place across Dartmoor. The otter spotting project has seen people who live on Dartmoor travelling to other parts of the moor that they have never seen before. All this has helped the economy of the towns and villages.

After receiving thousands of entries from across Europe, the team behind the Moor Otters project has announced the lucky winners of the Otter Spotter competition.

Over 3,500 ‘Otter Spotters’ have been seeking out the artistic life-sized otter statues to be in with a chance of winning. Participants had to list the names and codes of 20 or more otters to be entered into the draw with the chance to win a range of prizes.

Harvey Camsell won first prize, a one night family stay at the Moorland Garden Hotel with dinner.
Decorated in various styles by a range of internationally-renowned artists, the otter sculptures have welcomed thousands of visitors from across Europe. Entries have flooded in from across the UK, Spain, Germany, Austria, The Netherlands, France and Switzerland.

Dave Southern, Project Manager for the Moor Otters campaign, said: “We had thousands of entries from across Europe which just goes to show how successful the Moor Otters project has been. It’s amazing to know that the project and the work behind it is being recognised internationally.”

After spending over three months delighting visitors to Dartmoor National Park and the surrounding area, all 101 Moor Otters have been rounded up, ready to go to their new homes. Art lovers bid on the 31 ‘Golden Otters’, a selection of themed otters, at the auction by fine art auctioneers Bearnes Hampton & Littlewood. The main collection of 70 sculptures were auctioned online, with the bidding closing at 6pm on Wednesday 4th October.

Proceeds from the auction will fund projects to conserve and enhance Dartmoor’s wildlife and landscape, improve accessibility to the moor and develop Dartmoor’s Junior Ranger programme, which supports educational access and engages young people in conservation projects.

The Golden 31

  1. Ottery St Mary by Judi Spiers                                                                                                                                          £750
  2. Decoration of Buntings by Maria Burns                                                                                                                       £1400
  3. Fishy Otter by David Brooke                                                                                                                                            £750
  4. Mondri-Otter by Natalie Bell                                                                                                                                         £1000
  5. Stevie (Wonder) Otter Than July by Sean Hewitt                                                                                                        £460
  6. Flying Otter by Jed Falby                                                                                                                                                 £430
  7. Tarka’s World by Sophie Cobb                                                                                                                                      £1200
  8. Wistman’s Woody by John Hurford                                                                                                                              £1350
  9. Bass the Otter by  Adrian Brough                                                                                                                                 £1250
  10. Elementary my Dear Otter by Anne L Roe                                                                                                                 £5300
  11. The Fisherman by James Lester                                                                                                                                    £660
  12. Bumbershoot by Vin Jelly                                                                                                                                              £1450
  13. Making an Otter Spectacle of Myself by Jonathon Xavier Coudrille                                                                       £880
  14. River Otter Familiar by Sean Jefferson                                                                                                                         £1250
  15. Potter Otter by Rachel Shilston                                                                                                                                     £1300
  16. Mr Chips by Tina Morgan                                                                                                                                               £1750
  17. Coming up for Air by Alan Bourne                                                                                                                               £1050
  18. The Beacon by Michael Beach                                                                                                                                     £2500
  19. An Otter for all Seasons by Alan Cotton                                                                                                                      £1350
  20. Nature’s Flow by Nisha Grover                                                                                                                                       £650
  21. Henry Harlequin Hotter by Martin Dutton                                                                                                                   £2200
  22. Ottery Otter by Phil Creek                                                                                                                                                £950
  23. The Compleat Angler by Martin Procter                                                                                                                       £520
  24. Otterly Alice by Peter Poole                                                                                                                                            £420
  25. Otto by Tony Williams                                                                                                                                                      £820
  26. Feet on the Ground Head in the Clouds by Charlie O’ Sullivan                                                                              £2500
  27. Flora Otter by Penny Silverthorne                                                                                                                                  £550
  28. Koi Otter by Jenny Pery                                                                                                                                                    £420
  29. Murmuration by Anita Reynolds                                                                                                                                   £1000
  30. Jail Bird by Stuart Wright                                                                                                                                                £1500
  31. Duchy of Cornwall Otter by Marcus Cornish commissioned by His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales     £3000

Total = £40,610

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