Grand Western Canal goes batty for new games

Posted on: 31 October 2018

A range of new educational interactive games have been added to the Grand Western Canal’s touch screens at its Visitor Centre in Tiverton.

The games have been developed by the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project (DGHBP) and challenge visitors to experience life as a bat by ambushing insects, finding the perfect roost and flying across the countryside at night.

The Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project is a five-year partnership project of 18 organisations, led by the Devon Wildlife Trust and supported by the National Lottery through the Heritage Lottery Fund and other funders.

As well as the new games, the section on bats within the touchscreen system has been significantly expanded to provide a range of fascinating details about all the bats that can be found in the UK.

Councillor Roger Croad, Devon County Council’s Cabinet Member for Environmental Services said:

“We are always looking at ways to further improve the visitor experience and a reoccurring request from younger visitors was for more games to play than just the two we had originally.
“These new games are engaging, educational and fun. I would encourage visitors with any ideas and requests to use the customer feedback box. They are a valuable resource for us and It helps us to ensure that we continue to provide activities and facilities that people want to see and use.”

Councillor Colin Slade, the local county councillor for Tiverton East, Mid Devon District Councillor for the Lowman Ward and the Chairman of the Canal Joint Advisory Committee said:

Councillor Colin Slade

“The Canal provides a wonderful habitat for bats and we know through leading bat walks every year that it is great place to see them up close.
“We were therefore delighted when the DGHBP gave us permission to use these fantastic new interactive games they had developed.  We are not sure if greater horseshoe bats are using the canal, but the games and information that have been added will provide a fun way of raising awareness about the amazing lives that all our bat species lead and the things we can do to help them.”

Ruth Testa, Project Manager for the Devon Greater Horseshoe Bat Project said:

‘I’m delighted that we have been able to share these fun bat games with a wider audience. As a project we want to spread the message that bats are fascinating creatures that need our help and inspire people to get involved with the project.”

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