5 Tips for Terraces to Attract Wildlife


Imagine waking up in the morning and stepping out onto your terrace to see a bevy of butterflies floating on a breeze, birds hopping from tree to tree and dragonflies buzzing around. You don’t need acres of land or a garden filled with exotic plants for wildlife to visit—you can create a wildlife haven right in your own backyard. Here are five tips for making the most of your small space and attracting birds, bees and other creatures:

Put up a feeder to attract birds.

Another simple way to attract birds is to put up a feeder. You can put more than one on your terrace, and it’s likely that multiple species will show up at different times throughout the year. For example, in winter, it would be nice if you had some sunflower seeds or suet cakes for the finches, while in summer and spring, you’ll want protein like peanut butter or nuts for Black-capped Chickadees or Gray Jays. There are so many options available!

Add water for wading birds, amphibians and dragonflies.

Adding a shallow birdbath or pond is a great way to attract local wildlife. Not only will it provide water for birds, amphibians and dragonflies, but it also doubles as an aesthetic feature that’s pleasing to look at and can be enjoyed by humans too.

A birdbath can be as simple as a baking tray of water with stones in the bottom for perching. Or if you want something more ornate, try installing a mini fountain in your terrace garden where you can have relaxing evening meals.

For insects like dragonflies, add small ponds or containers filled with gravel so they have somewhere to lay their eggs. If you want even more insects on your terrace, consider adding plants such as sedges and rushes which attract many different species of butterflies and moths!

Grow native nectar-rich plants for butterflies and bees.

Native plants are more attractive to local wildlife than non-natives because they have evolved to grow in that area. They provide food, shelter and breeding habitats for insects, birds and animals.

  • For example, a butterfly will land on an orange flower because it resembles the flowers it normally feeds from back home. Try growing native species such as:
  • Purple Bird’s Foot Trefoil – Lotus corniculatus (native)
  • Common Knapweed – Centaurea nigra (native)
  • You can buy your plants from a local nursery or online from reputable nurseries such as RHS Plant Finder or Plants For A Future. Alternatively, you could ask if you can collect seeds or cuttings from other gardens in your neighbourhood to propagate at home yourself!

Plant a hedge to provide year-round shelter and food.

Plant a hedge to provide year-round shelter and food.

Hedges are an excellent way of providing shelter for wildlife, as well as food. A hedge can also be used to protect wildlife from predators. Hedges can provide habitat for birds, insects and mammals by providing shelter, nesting sites and food sources for them all year round.

Make your terrace a haven with plants, wood, etc.

A terrace can be a haven for wildlife. Here are five tips to make your terrace an even better habitat:

  • Add plants and wood. Plants provide food, shelter, and nesting sites for wildlife. They also help keep the soil moist and prevent erosion. Woody debris, such as old branches or bark chips, provides cover for animals looking to hide from predators or birds seeking out insects in the soil.

You can easily make your garden more attractive to wildlife if you follow a few of these tips.

In order to attract local wildlife, you’ll need to provide your garden with all of the things they need. That means making sure that you have a good selection of plants and feeders, water, shelter and food.

We’ve already discussed the importance of having plenty of food sources in terrace gardens (one such example being bird feeders). In addition to this though, we also recommend that homeowners ensure their garden is well stocked with other types of foods as well. For example:

  • Berries are a great source of nutrients for many different types of birds. Make sure you plant some small shrubs around your terrace where berries can grow easily without needing much maintenance from yourself or anyone else who lives nearby! You can also try planting fruit trees if there’s room for them! A cherry tree would be perfect in this situation because it produces delicious cherries which can be eaten by people too! However remember that cherry trees take years before they produce fruit so make sure there’s going-to-be enough time between now until then before investing any money into purchasing one.”


I hope that this article has given you some ideas for how to attract wildlife to your garden. By following just a few of these tips, you will be well on your way! Remember that while it may be difficult at first, once you get started it will become second nature and soon enough you’ll find yourself watching birds and bees flit around happily in your own backyard.

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