Victoria's Local Land Trust

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Focal Species

Western Screech Owl

Our Western Screech Owls need their habitat protected. Find out how you can help.

Focus on Species

Western Screech Owls

These little owls need your help.

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Where we work

South Vancouver Island

On South Vancouver Island & the Southern Gulf Islands HAT works with people to care for nature..

Mission Area

A Local Land Trust

HAT's work is on south Vancouver Island.

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Open House

Hibernation Celebration

Join us for the HAT open house and conservation craft fair.

Open House

Hibernation Celebration

Stop by for a Holiday Hello.

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In the past week, 2 potential Western Painted Turtle populations have been identified.  The first identification was made by 2 biologists who identified an endangered Western Painted Turtle at Kemp Lake in Sooke this week.  "It was basking on a log with 2 Red-eared Sliders and an Eastern Painted Turtle, both of which are introduced species." says Christian Engelstoft (MSc, RP Bio). On top of that, last week a HAT member also sent in a photograph of an adult Western Painted Turtle near the Metchosin Golf Club - exactly where the turtle was living is still unknown.

While there we still have many more questions than answers about these turtles, the report highlights the importance contribution keen observers of nature make to our understanding of species at risk.  Each year, new populations of rare and at-risk species are found when members of the public send us their photographs and observations.

If you think you’ve seen something unusual, take a photograph and tell us about it by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..



Backyard Nature

No matter how much, or how little, space you have, you can make a space for nature

Gardening with Native Plants

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Become a HAT Habitat Steward

Let others know that you care for nature

Pollinator Stewardship

How to bee kind in your garden

Invasive Plants in Your Garden

Get rid of the worst ones for good

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Top 10 Native Plants

Easy to care for and beautiful too

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Sedum in a container


Native plant can thrive in containers, perfect for decks or small spaces

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Swallowtail Butterfly

Butterfly Gardening

Attract butterflies by planting native species

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Oak Leaves

Oak Leaves

Use your oak leaves to create wildflower spaces

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Amphibians & Roads

Too many amphibians die on roads. Do you know a spot where frogs, toads, or newts are regularly killed on the roadside? Tell us about it!

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