Learn & discover How can I help songbirds? Helping birds What do birds need? • Food • Water • Places to roost• Places to have babies • Safety from predators Other wildlife have the same needs. All plants and animals are connected. They often depend on each other to survive or reproduce. The more varied the plants and features of your garden, the more birds and animals will use it. A greater variety of creatures coming to your garden will lead to a broader range of birds coming to visit. Think about how you can help by taking bird and other wildlife needs into account. Offer plants or supplementary food to eat. And, where possible, places to nest or hide in and water to drink and wash in. Plants offer berries, nuts and seeds as well as insects that live on them. Many plants and trees offer protection from predators, with leaf cover to hide in and prickles to deter bigger animals. Trees, hedges and nestboxes offer safe places to nest and rear young.