Should You Feed the Animals? There’s good feeding and bad feeding. Good food Good food is the natural diet of the bird, reptile or mammal - for example, nectar, pollen, seeds and fruits of local native plants. Good food is provided in a balanced manner. An excess of nectar-bearing plants can cause an increase in such species as Noisy Miners or Wattlebirds. The best ‘good food’ is water. Provide water in sheltered spots in shallow dishes. Shallow pools on the ground will attract butterflies and may be used by reptiles. Read more about Should You Feed the Animals?