Collecting Wild Grasses & Plants
Here are a few basic guidelines for foraging:
Do not pick from farmers' fields, or anywhere that plants/grasses will have been sprayed with pesticides/fertiliser
Avoid forage if it is likely to have been contaminated by dog urine/faeces
Use an identification guide if uncertain about what plant you have collected
If your pet never eaten certain plants before, introduce them to their diet very slowly
Stay away from forage next to busy roads - exhaust fumes contaminate the plants & are unsuitable
IDENTIFICATION GUIDE/SAFE PLANTS LIST
*Click on the images to zoom in, and hover over to find out important notes about each plant*
GROW YOUR OWN
Both broad and ribwort leaf varieties are suitable for rabbits and guinea pigs.
This shrub is commonly found in woods and hedgerows. Remove any nuts before feeding.
Very common weed which can be found throughout most of the year in grassy places. Easy to identify with the bright yellow flowers, made up of lots of fine petals.
Also known as goose grass & sticky weed. Sticky to the touch and often found in hedges amongst other plants. This weed is abundant during Spring up to early Summer time.
IMPORTANT: POISONOUS PLANT CALLED HEMLOCK IS SIMILAR. Commonly found in grassy places. The leaves are feathery. The flowers of yarrow are cream & sometimes pale pink coloured and appear in clusters.
More plant identification coming soon.