Influence of the different Forest Management Regimes on Dragonfly Diversity & Abundance in Mabira Forest.
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Dragonflies (Arthropoda: Odonata) have always fascinated nature lovers and Conservationists. Unlike butterflies, Dragonflies are till to date not properly explored in Uganda. In this investigation, a study was carried-out to assess the influence of the different forest management zones on dragonfly diversity and abundance in Mabira Forest. Transects were established in each of the three management zones and habitat characteristics along with species diversity and abundance were determined. Data collected showed differences in habitat characteristics majorly due to human disturbance. Additionally, Dragonfly diversity and abundance differed in the different zones, with the Strict Nature Reserve recording the highest figures, whilst the Multiple Use zone registering the lowest figures for species diversity and abundance. Findings showed that disturbance of habitats of Dragonflies hah a direct effect of their diversity and abundance. Therefore, I implore the National Forestry Authority (NFA) to scale up their efforts in regards to law enforcement and awareness of the importance ot the forest aimed at protecting the forest and its biodiversity for purposes of its Conservation. Furthermore, more research and ecology of dragonflies is recommended.