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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 JPEG image Fruit tree leaves in autumn
The leaves and branches of any fruit trees (apple, pear, plum) are enjoyed by rabbits. They especially enjoy the dry leaves that fall from the trees in the autumn. Rabbits also enjoy stripping the bark and chewing any branches or twigs they are offered.
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Image JPEG image Herb Robert
Herb Robert (Geranium robertianum) is common on waste ground and hedgerows. It can grow well in some parts of UK. It is enjoyed by rabbits and an easy plant to dry and store.
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Image ECMAScript program Pear tree leaves
Pear trees (Pyrus sp) are a favourite fo rabbits. They enjoy the windfalls in the autumn and also the autumn leaves as they fall. Twigs and leaves from the tree can be offered at any time of year. The leaves can be dried and stored for winter.
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Image JPEG image Plantain
Ribwort or Narrow-leaved Plantain (Plantago lanceolata) is common in verges, meadows and grassy places. It is a good foraging plant as it is eaten readily by rabbits and also dries easily.
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Image Sow thistle
There are many varieties of sow thistle and they are all enjoyed by rabbits. The plants are often found in dry crevices or banks during August.
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Image JPEG image Willow
There are many species of willow (Salix spp.). The weeping willow in the picture is the most easily recognisable - this tree is young and therefore small but they can be huge. It is often found along the banks of rivers and streams. Small branches or twigs can be collected for rabbits to eat the leaves from and strip the bark. All species of willow are palatable to rabbits and can be dried for winter.
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Image JPEG image Willow (goat willow) leaves
Goat willow (Salix caprea) is sometimes called pussy willow. It is a commonly found in woodland and hedges. Unlike most willows, the leaves are oval rather than long and thin. A good plant to offer rabbits.
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Image JPEG image Blackthorn
Blackthorn (Prunus spinosa) is a commin hedgerow plant. It produces purple berries (sloes). The stems have vicious spines. The leaves are suitable for feeding rabbits although it varies in palatibility. Suitable for drying for winter.
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Image JPEG image Crab apple
There are wild and garden varieties of Crab apple (Malus sylvestris). The wild varieties host a variety of wildlife and should not be damaged. All parts of the tree will be enjoyed by rabbits but it is the fruit and the leaves that are most useful. The leaves can be harvested in the autumn when they are about to fall and fed fresh or dried for later in the winter.
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