John M Haddon
Bush Vetch is a member of the pea and clover family (legumes) which can be found scrambling through many different habitats including woodland edges, rough grassland, roadside verges and scrubland. Small groups of two to six pale lilac-blue flowers appear between April and November attracting bumblebees and Honey Bees. Weevils, beetles and caterpillars also feed on Bush Vetch.
How to identify
Bush Vetch has ladder-like leaves which are arranged in pairs on either side of the stem. Branched tendrils used for climbing and grasping often spiral from the ends. The seed pods of Bush Vetch are black and hairless and look like peapods.
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How can people help
Our common plants provide vital food and shelter for all kinds of wildlife from butterflies to birds. But habitat loss and fragmentation caused by development and agricultural intensification threaten the future of our countryside and the plants and animals that depend upon it. The Wildlife Trusts are working closely with farmers, landowners and developers to promote wildlife-friendly practices. We have a vision of a 'Living Landscape': a network of habitats and wildlife corridors across town and country, which are good for both wildlife and people. You can support this greener vision for the future by joining your local Wildlife Trust.