Odonata Habitat Management Service (OHMS)
OHMS comprises a small group of volunteers specialising in conservation work on bogs, wet heath and valley mires. Our main focus is managing suitable habitats for dragonflies (odonata) though we take an interest in other fauna and flora. The team spends about one-third of its effort at Wildmoor Heath Nature Reserve, the County Wildlife Trust (BBOWT) site. Work parties are also held in East Berkshire on land owned by the Crown Estate, Forestry Commission and Bracknell Forest Borough Council, with all of whom we have developed a close working relationship.
There are five main tasks that the team undertakes:
- The creation and enlargement of ponds by removing tussocks and building dams across valley mires or ditches.
- The maintenance of appropriate levels of open water in ponds and ditches by removing excess weed and vegetation encroachment from banks.
- The management of water on wet sites to prevent them drying out.
- The clearance of birch, pine and rhododendron from boggy areas, opening them up for the benefit of wildlife, and in particular dragonflies.
- The maintenance of access paths, to allow access to wet areas, and flight corridors, to connect neighbouring sites within forested areas.
We meet most Fridays 10am to 3pm from October through to the end of April.
Whilst the work can be quite demanding physically, we are always delighted to welcome new members who are reasonably fit and able to work on uneven wet sites. No previous experience necessary!
For further information email Michael Byrne at: