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The Flits NNR
Managed by:Natural England
OS grid reference:SO 378 410
Nearest postcode:HR2 9JX
Usual work:Coppicing and Pollarding

The Flits is a 28ha site that is situated in the flood plain of the River Wye and is crossed by one of the river's tributaries. The area is fed by a ditch system that has partially silted up and resulted in impeded drainage.

The reserve's name is thought to come from the Old English "fliet", meaning "stream".

Plants found at the reserve include bogbean, marsh valerian, great hairy willow-herb, spotted orchid, lesser water parsnip and globe-flower.

The site is, however, most notable for its diverse invertebrate community. Many rare flies are found here, including species of soldier-fly, snail-killer fly and crane fly, together with numerous spider and beetle species. Some 200 butterfly and moth species have also been recorded.