2020 Calendar - Things to do, events, national days, world days, awareness days - all for animals
There are events and things to do to help animals and support the efforts of animal charities throughout the year - and here's the 2019 Calendar. Find out what it's all about, see what you can do to help - and spread the word about it. We're adding new events all the time, so please come back and check with us soon! TBC means that the date is To Be Confirmed.
Happy New Year to you all! Wishing you and your families a very Happy 2020!
|25-27||Big Garden Birdwatch - RSPB |
Spend an hour watching and counting the birds in your garden or local green space & submit your findings to the RSPB.
|6 Jan - 21 Feb||Big Schools Birdwatch - RSPB |
Get kids involved in nature watching at school and inspire the nature lovers of the future. Submit your results at any time from 6 January and 21 February 2020
|2||World Wetlands Day |
Find out why wetlands matter and spread the word! Did you know that 40% of all species live or breed in wetlands? There are events all over the world - find out your nearest one!
|14-21||National Nestbox Week |
Put up a nest box in your local area or garden to help increase the number of suitable nesting spaces for birds. It was established and developed by the British Trust for Ornithology.
|World Pangolin Day |
A day to raise awareness about pangolins and their plight.
|20||World Whale Day |
The day aims to boost understanding of whales.
|26||World Spay Day |
The day gives shelter and rescue organizations the chance to highlight their spay/neuter programs and win more community support in the form of donors, volunteers and clients.
|27||International Polar Bear Day |
Every year, this global event draws attention to the challenges polar bears face in a warming Arctic—and how we each can help.
|3||World Wildlife Day |
Celebrate the beauty and variety of the millions of plants and animals that we share our planet and raise awareness of the urgent need to step up the fight against wildlife crime (amongst other things)
|21 on||Tree Care Campaign |
From 21 March to 21 September, the Tree Council highlights the need for better care for all trees, in order to ensure their survival and increase the number reaching maturity. Wildlife need trees, as do we.
|National Pet Month |
Thousands of people up and down the UK will be celebrating life with their pets, spreading the word on responsible pet ownership or raising money for their favourite charity in fun-filled events
|2-4||Grand National |
What happens to horses after their racing careers? Events like this give us an opportunity to see what we can do to help the charities helping retired racehorses. Gallop off to see them here
|4||World Stray Animals Day |
A worldwide celebrated day to give special attention to the 600.000.000 stray animals in the world
|4||World Rat Day |
A special day to celebrate all rats. Join in the rat chat at #WorldRatDay
|22||Earth Day |
2020 marks the 50th year of Earth Day. We all have the power to change the world. So far, there have been 2,688,209,868 acts of green taken!
|24||World Day for Animals in Laboratories |
A United Nations recognized day of international commemoration of the suffering and killing of millions of innocent sentient beings in laboratories throughout the world
|25||World Penguin Day |
Celebrate all things penguin with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition
|25||Save the Frogs Day |
Encourages the appreciation and celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life
World Tapir Day
|27||World Veterinary Day |
Aims to highlight and promote the different facets of the work performed by veterinarians all over the world and to raise awreness of their contribution to improve animal health and welfare as well as public health. More info
|International Macaque Week |
Find out more about the conservation organisations working to help macaques and to making International Macaque Week happen. More info
|1-31||Walk in the Woods Month |
Enjoy trees and woods. Across the UK, walks, talks and other events take place in town and countryside
|TBC||Hedgehog Awareness Week |
The week is organised by the British Hedgehog Preservation Society and aims to highlight the problems hedgehogs face and how you can help them.
|TBC||International Donkey Week |
International Donkey Week is a holiday with a difference - a chance for you to have close contact with The Donkey Sanctuary's resident donkeys in glorious settings.
|TBC||World Migratory Bird Day |
An annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
|National Vegetarian Week |
Take the challenge - or why wait? There are lots of lovely mouth watering vegetarian recipes on the main website - and here's more about why being a veggie is kinder to animals
|17||Endangered Species Day |
An opportunity for people of all ages to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species and everyday actions they can take to help protect them. Find out more here
|18||Plant Conservation Day |
A global celebration to preserve, protect and conserving plants for people and the planet. Find out why plants are so important, why plants need our help and how you can get involved. More info
|TBC||Great British Bee Count |
Organised by Friends of the Earth with support from Buglife to raise awareness of bees and encourage people to help bees - why not create a bee friendly space where you are? Buzz off for more info here
|22||International Day for Biological Diversity . |
The UN day set this up to to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues. More info
|23||World Turtle Day |
Started by American Tortoise Rescue
|29||World Otter Day |
The International Otter Survival Fund lists several events and awareness days for otters. This May event is to make people more aware of otters and the threats they face in the wild.
|1-30||Go Wild in June |
Join your local Wildllife Trust and go wild with or for wildlife throughout the month of June. Do 30 simple Random Acts of Wildness, one a day. Find out more
|1-7||Volunteers Week |
Celebrates the contribution made by millions of volunteers across the UK. The week has been extended this year.
|TBC||Rabbit Awareness Week |
To improve rabbits' welfare - what could you do to improve your rabbit's wellbeing and life? What one hop could you take?
|8||World Oceans Day |
A day to celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Be a part of it! #WorldOceansDay
|14 TBC||Stop Live Transport: International Awareness Day |
Held to build awareness and demonstrate global opposition to the abhorrent trade in, and long distance transport of, live animals. More info
|15||International Working Animals Day |
Organised by SPANA, who work in a number of countries around the world to educate and train owners on how to look after their hard working animals and provide veterinary care for those animals in need. Find out more here
|TBC||World Sea Turtle Day |
Held to honour and highlight the importance of sea turtles. Find out more
|National Insect Week |
Click here and spend some time discovering more about insects. Held every 2 years, the next will be in 2020
|21||World Giraffe Day |
Celebrate the giraffe and see what you can do to help these wonderful animals
|TBC||Bring Your Dog To Work Day |
This annual nationwide raises money for charities dedicated to making a difference to the welfare of dogs - this year, All Dogs Matter and Animals Asia. And you don't need a dog to get involved! Find out more here
|29 Jun-7 July||United Kingdom Week for the Animals |
The 8th Annual week spotlights animal organizations, welfare initiatives, sanctuaries, students, artists, educators, community leaders, decision makers and caring citizens. There are pet adoption events, dog shows, salute to military and working K9s, low cost services, sanctuary open days, runs for the animals, pet food runs, animal-assisted therapy, low cost spay and neuter events, activities for horses and farm animals, opportunites to help farm animals, wildlife events, educational leafleting events, veggie and vegan activities, bird tours, garden parties, advocate events and so much more! Click here to visit their website
|1-31||The Plastic Challenge |
Sign up to the Marine Conservation Society's Plastic Challenge and reduce your plastic footprint - can you continue it for longer?
|6||National Meadows Day |
Held to celebrate wildflower grasslands. Many people who went to events last year were surprised by the diversity of flora and fauna and the number of insects and reptiles in the meadows they visited. Find out more here
|19-11 Aug TBC||Big Butterfly Count |
Join in the world's biggest butterfly count and help Butterfly Conservation assess the health and state of the environment
|12-21||Love Parks Week |
Love Parks Week encourages everyone to get out and enjoy their favourite park, so helping to protect them for future generations. More info
|13-21||Dragonfly Week |
Events and activities nationally to view and celebrate these marvellous insects! More info
|14||World Chimpanzee Day |
This is the first World Chimpanzee Day, a celebration of chimpanzees and an opportunity to raise awareness about the vital need for worldwide participation in their care, protection, and conservation in the wild and in captivity. Find out more here
|15||Arctic Sea Ice Day |
This special day for the Arctic sea ice has been created by Polar Bears International to call attention to sea-ice losses and raise awareness of what can be done to help
|16||World Snake Day |
Celebrate World Snake Day by looking at some stunning photos from National Geographic of snakes. More info
|27 - 11||National Marine Week |
National Marine Week is a chance to celebrate the wonderful wildlife found in the seas around the UK, and our relationship with the sea. Find out more
|29||Global Tigers Day |
Global Tiger Day is held to give worldwide attention to the reservation of tigers. It is both an awareness day as a celebration
|31||World Rangers Day |
Commemorates rangers killed or injured in the line of duty, and celebrates the work rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures
|10||World Lion Day |
The campaign aims to highlight the plight of African and Asiatic lion whilst also demonstrating our shared global heritage of the species. The lion plays a significant role biologically, culturally, symbolically, economically and more. It is hoped that the recognition of the species’ worldwide importance will result in more active conservation worldwide also. More info
|12||World Elephant Day |
To bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants - here are some ways to help
This event is organised by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB. It encompasses the whole spectrum of the birdwatching industry and also raises funds to support global bird conservation. Since 1989, it's raised nearly £4.3 million supporting many important conservation projects. This year, it's raising funds for Cambodia's Big Five, conserving a forest sanctuary home to 70% of Cambodia's vultures and two of rarest ibises. More info
|17||International Homeless Animals Day |
To shed light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.
|10||International Orangutan Day |
Raising awareness of the plight of the orangutan and how we can all help
|International Bat Night |
A celebration of bats, with events taking place all around the country so that you can see and hear bats in their natural habitat. More info
|Debris Month of Action |
Thousands of scuba divers around the world rally together to take action against the trash from our everyday lives that makes its way to the ocean.
|1||International Primate Day |
Animal Defenders International (ADI) is calling on the UK government to explain the huge in the number of monkeys born to wild-caught parents and commit to a phase-out of primate use. You can ask your MP to do so too. Find out more
|7||International Vulture Awareness Day |
Find out why vultures are important to the environment and why the work being done by the world's vulture conservationists is so important.
|Zero Waste Week |
An opportunity to reduce landfill waste & save money - start some new great habits
|Remember a Charity in your Will Week |
A chance to think about what you can pass on to future generations. Find out more from the website. More Info
|14-20||Aware Week |
Ocean lovers around the world are invited to join in the AWARE Week celebrations and act for change.Project AWARE® and PADI® are mobilizing the global dive community to be citizen activists for a clean ocean. Conservation activities focus on keeping the ocean clean and healthy. More info.
|20-23 TBC||Great British Beach Clean |
An annnual beach clean and survey, the largest in the UK. Clean up Britain's beaches.
|22||World Rhino Day |
A day of celebration for all five species of rhino, which also raises awareness of the threats to them.
|TBC||Great Gorilla Run |
Run for gorillas! Find out more about The Gorilla Organisation?
|23-29 TBC||Sea Otter Awareness Week |
Held to recognise the vital role sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem. Find out more here
|TBC||Seed Gathering Seasons |
The Tree Council aims to inspire everyone, particularly school children and families, to gather seeds, fruits and nuts and grow the trees of the future
|World Vegetarian Day |
This kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month - give being a veggie a go, if you haven't already!
|c3-17||Big Match Fund Fortnight |
The World Land Trust are fundraising £575,000 for a project to enable Viet Nature to start restoring healthy tropical forest - a vital refuge for rare species. All donations made in Big Match Fund Fornight are matched. Find out more
|4||World Animal Day |
An opportunity to remember and pay tribute to all animals and the people who love and respect them and to make a pledge to help animals in the future.
|TBC||World Migratory Bird Day |
An annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.
|c15||Giving Day for Apes |
Help International Animal Rescue raise $30,000 for our orangutan rescue and rehabilitation centre in West Borneo. They have over 100 orangutans to look after, all victims of the illegal pet trade and deforestation, and they are trying to win grants and awards for them. Find out more
|20||International Sloth Day |
Created by Foundation AIUNAU to position a sloth international day on the worldwide level.
|National Mammal Week |
Organised by the Mammal Society to raise awareness of our UK mammals and the conservation issues they face. More info
|23||World Snow Leopard Day |
Committed to raising awareness for the plight of an iconic species. Find out more here
|TBC||Wild about Gardens Week |
Organised by the RHS and The Wildlife Trusts to encourage people to support local biodiversity in their gardens
|1||World Vegan Day |
Give being a vegan a go and find out more about it
|National Pet Show |
Held at the NEC, Birmingham - a great day out
|Polar Bear Week |
Organised by Polar Bears International, there are events all week. Take the Energy Challenge to sustain the bears' future.
|mid||Orangutan Caring Week |
Raise awareness for the conservation of orangutans and their habitats in Indonesia. Orange for Orangutans Day falls in the middle of it. This is your chance to inject some orange into your life and do some fundraising & raise awareness for the Orangutan Foundation, e.g. wear something orange, have a bake sale at work of orange cakes etc. #GoOrange
|11||Remembrance Day |
An opportunity to remember animals who have served us in times of war and who are still suffering from the wars around them. Find out more here
|23-1||National Tree Week |
National Tree Week is a great chance for communities to do something positive for their local treescape, and for people to get their hands dirty and plant some trees. Find out more
|29||International Jaguar Day |
This day will raise awareness about threats facing the jaguar, conservation efforts ensuring its survival and the role of the jaguar as a keystone species,. More info
The Woodland Trust want as many people as possible to plant a tree - will you make a pledge to plant one in the Big Climate Fight Back and join in a mass participation tree planting day with events across the country. Find out more
|Buy Christmas cards |
Wildlife Conservation Christmas Cards and Horse & donkey charity Christmas cards or why not send an e-card? Don't forget to save the stamps on envelopes
|early||The Christmas Challenge |
The Christmas Challenge 2019 will take place from 12pm (midday) on Tues 3rd December – 12pm Tues 10th donations to participating charities are doubled. Double your impact for animals, conservation and wildlife. Find out more
|early||Giving Tuesday |
Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration. Give time and volunteer; give money and donate; give goods to help (e.g. does your favourite animal charity have a wishlist) and/or give a voice to those who have no voice. More info
|4||World Conservation Day |
Wildlife Conservation Day promotes the conservation and protection of threatened species, specifically elephants, rhinos and tigers and raises awareness about the harmful security, economic and environmental effects of wildlife poaching and trafficking
|4||International Cheetah Day |
The Cheetah Foundation has ideas of a number of ways you can help the cheetah and help celebrate cheetahs and raise awareness. Click here to see them
|11||International Mountain Day |
A day to create awareness about the importance of mountains to life, to highlight the opportunities and constraints in mountain development and to build partnerships that will bring positive change to the world’s mountains and highlands. Check out the Snow Leopard Trust who help snow leopards who live high in the mountains of Central Asia.