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Image D source code Bindweed (Hedge)
Hedge bindweed (Calystegia sepium) is a safe plant for rabbits. They love it. It's sister plant - Field bindweed (Convolvulus arvensis)- has a question mark over it because it contains toxins. The plants can be differentiated by their flowers, leaves and the way they grow. Hedge bindweed has large pure white flowers and grows vertically, twining around plants as it goes. It is commonly found in hedges. Plants should be collected for drying before they go to seed
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Image Blackberry (brambles)
Blackberry (Rubus 'fructiosus') is a common hedgerow plant but the prickles can make it difficult to harvest . It is a semi-evergreen prickly shrub that is common all over Europe. In the British Isles there are over 320 ‘microspecies’. All are suitable to feed to rabbits
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Image JPEG image Brambles (Blackberry) leaves
Bramble leaves stay on the plant through the winter and are a useful forage plant when other food is scarce. The leaves may become discoloured and dry. This doesn't matter to the rabbit.
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Image JPEG image Bramble tip
Brambles, otherwise known as blackberry bushes (Rubus fruticosus), are a favourite with rabbits all year round. The tips of new growth are favourite and easy to pick because the prickles on the newly grown stem are soft.
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Image JPEG image Cow parsley
Cow parsley (Anthricus sylvestris), is a common plant and is often found in verges. It starts to grow early in the spring and the new leaves are palatable for rabbits. There are concerns with confusing the plant with poison hemlock. It is always sensible to check the leaf stems for the groove that means it is safe to pick.
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Image JPEG image Cow parsley- new growth
Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) is a short-lived perennial. It grows in grassland, along hedges and woodland edges, road verges, railway banks and wasteland. The filage is one of the first plants to appear in the spring and is a firm favourite with my rabbits. It is always important to check the shape of the leaf stems before picking it. They have a groove in them and can vary in colour from pale green to purple.
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Image JPEG image Cow Parsley stem with groove
The leaf stem of Cow Parsley (Anthriscus sylvestris) has a groove in it. This is present as soon as the leaves emerge and is an indicator that the plant is safe to pick for rabbits.
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Image JPEG image Dandelions
Dandelions (Taraxacum officinale) are the most popular forage plant for rabbits. They can be found on verges, wasteland, meadows gardens, woodland and other places.
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Image JPEG image Dandelion in flower
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Image JPEG image Dock (young leaves)
The young leaves of Broad-leaved Dock (Rumex obtusifolius) are common and are enjoyed by rabbits. As the plant matures the leaves contain more oxalate, which makes the plants unpalatable.
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