Victoria's Local Land Trust

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    We conserve nature on south Vancouver Island

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    Our programs help people understand and care for nature

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Catch up on everything new with HAT and find out about upcoming workshops, volunteer opportunities, and presentations.


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Where we post all our updates & events

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Focal Species

Western Screech Owl

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

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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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Focal Species

Adopt a Bat

Our local bats need their habitat protected. Adopt a bat today!

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Adopt a Bat

These sweet furry insectivores need help.

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If you are committed to wildlife and water friendly land care practices, and want to see ecologically friendly yard and garden care become more wide spread, then consider asking HAT to become a Habitat Steward. Habitat Stewards commit in writing to:

  • install efficient irrigation and naturescaping
  • avoid pesticides and synthetic fertilizers
  • remove invasive weeds like broom and daphne
  • spread the word about protecting species at risk on private property
  • keep oil and other toxins out of rain drains and waterways
  • maintain and protect soil with leaf mulch
  • plant and protect stream buffers for fish and other aquatic life

During a property visit with one of HAT's biologists, you will receive a land care prescription, with personalized suggestions for your property to help improve habitat and maintain function.  Your agreement is recognized with a sign for your property that will tell your neighbours and visitors that you are making difference for the environment in your community.  

Land Care Agreements are voluntary and not legally binding, nor do they pass on to future property owners.

Call HAT at 250 995-2428 to inquire about an appointment.


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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