Generally, it is not okay to feed wildlife. A moment's pleasure for you may result in future problems for animals and people.
Processed seeds, bread and other foods that are not part of an animal's natural diet can make them very sick.
Animals that expect to be fed by people can become aggressive, harassing people for food when they are hungry.
Hand-feeding can result in the transfer of illness: both to and from the animal.
Animals that are fed by people may also lose their ability to forage for natural foods.
Helping wildlife in emergencies
During an emergency such as prolonged drought, fire or flood some native animals may need short term help. Learn more about how you can assist them to access water, food or shelter until their natural environment recovers.
Feeding native birds is not recommended as it can bring about many health problems and even an early death.
Other ways you can care for native birds and animals
Many people feed birds out of a misguided desire to care for them.
Attract birds to your garden in other ways. Rather than offering food, plant locally native shrubs to encourage nectar-feeding birds.
How to attract birds to your garden (PDF 1.4MB)
Build a nest box or birdhouse. Encourage them by providing a shelter safe from predators and pets.
Creating places for birds.
- Conserve and create habitat. Growing native plants on your property, around your home and in your neighbourhood can provide native animals with safe habitat and healthy food.
Learn more about attracting native birds and animals to your garden.
Consider becoming a wildlife volunteer. You can help rescue and care for injured and orphaned birds.
Find your nearest NSW wildlife rescue organisation.