Learn & discover How can I help songbirds? Food and water Where to place your feeders Site your feeders and bird baths away from walls and fences where cats (and other predators) could pounce from. If cats do come into your garden, then consider using a bird table rather than putting down ground feeders. Do put them feeders near hedges, trees and other large dense shrubs. This will allow small birds time to quickly get away to safety if a predator such as a magpie or sparrowhawk is hunting them. You could grow more prickly shrubs and trees to help; not only for birds to fly to safety in, but also as desirable nesting sites. This will also make predators move more slowly around the extra obstacles in your garden when hunting, giving small birds (and other wildlife) more time to get away. Our research has shown that bird feeders and nest boxes need to be well removed from each other to reduce predation rates. Space permitting, it is recommended that they should be 40m apart - click here to read the full report.