British gardens are full of nature and can attract many different species of bird throughout the seasons. Some birds are year-round inhabitants that you'll come to recognise, whilst others are seasonal visitors. A decline in natural habitats means that our gardens are more important than ever for birds. To attract birds, your garden needs to be attractive to them all year round. A bird-friendly garden not only offers food but water, shelter, nesting sites and protection from predators. If you've put out food but birds aren't visiting your garden, work out how you can make it more attractive – are there places for birds to shelter or take cover from predators, for example? And be patient – it can take time for birds to routinely visit your garden.