2024 Calendar - national days, world days, awareness days, events - all for animals


There are events and things to do to help animals and support the efforts of animal charities - here's the 2023 Calendar.  Please take a look at them and see how you can help.  We're adding new events all the time.  This list is now getting pretty lengthy so watch this space because I'll be re-organising it so it's more manageable. 

TBC means that the date is To Be Confirmed. With the coronavirus, a lot of events will still be cancelled.  Please check relevant websites first.  Keep safe, everyone.   Thank you :-) 
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APRIL - MAY 2024
  Spring in your Step
Celebrate the beauty of spring and make the most of this stunning time of the year!  Find out more from the Tree Council
MAY 2024 
  International Macaque Week
Normally in the first week of May. Find out more about the conservation organisations working to help macaques and to making International Macaque Week happen.  More info
3 Wild Koala Day
A day to celebrate wild koalas and protect their habitats. #wildkoaladay  More Info
3-6 Big River Watch
Help The Rivers Trust assess the state and health of Britain's rivers - all they are asking for is 15 minutes and that you let them know what you see.  It helps them build up a picture and gain information they can use for policy changes and to identity rivers that need restoring.  Find out all about it here. 
5-11 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.  Find out more
6-12 National Hedgerow Week
Celebrate healthy hedges - they give everything wildlife need, with somewhere to rest, to nest and to enjoy a diverse food source for mammals and insects.  Hedgerows has benefits for us as well, so find out how to get involved and help our hedges!  Find out more
8 World Donkey Day
This is a chance to recognise the work the donkeys do around the world to help so many people.  Visit The Brooke who work in a number of countries around the world to help donkeys and who tackle issues such as the donkey skin crisis
11-12 Empty The Tanks Worldwide Event
Empty The Tanks mission is to end captivity and protect the ocean. Its vision is a world without cetacean captivity and a world with healthy oceans and marine life. This year, the theme is #SelfiesforCetaceans.  Find out more 
13 World Binturong Day
The bingurongs face problems such as deforestation and illegal trade - but they also have a problem because most people don't know anything about them or even what they are, so this is a great chance to find out more about them!
11 World Migratory Bird Day
An annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.   This year, the theme will focus on the importance of insects to migratory birds.  Find out more
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
20 World Bee Day
To raise awareness of the importance of pollinators, the threats they face and their contribution to sustainable development, the UN designated 20 May as World Bee Day.
22 International Day for Biological Diversity .  
The UN day set this up to to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.  
23 tbc World Tree Kangaroo Day
#WorldTreeKangarooDay #TreeKangaroos Visit Tree Kangaroo to find out more about them.
23 World Turtle Day
Started by American Tortoise Rescue

25-27 or
you choose!

Miles for Moggies
This is a fundraiser you can do to help Cats Protection help cats.  It's a virtual running challenge and it's open to everyone to take part.  You choose your distance (5km is the shortest) and where you run, and it's £20.00.  The 25th to 27th May is the virtual running weekend but if this doesn't suit you, you can choose your own date.
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
31 World Parrot Day
A chance to raise awareness of parrots.   Here's the link to the World Parrot Trust
JUNE 2023
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
1-30 Take the Summer Vegan Pledge this month
Sign up today - you'll get lots of help to go vegan this June (and beyond) with recipes, nutritional information, access to one-to-one support, and more!  Help animals, the planet - and yourself!  Organised by Animal Aid - check out their campaign on veganism.
1-7 Volunteers Week
A chance to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.
2 National Animal Rights Day
Held in a growing number of countries around the world to give a voice to all animals and raising awareness for their rights.  Find out more here

KSAR All Paws Airlift 2024 by Kabul Small Animal Rescue 
300 dogs and cats will leave Kabul, Afghanistan for new lives in North America.  They will go to new homes and rescue centres there.   The rescue in Kabul is overflowing and this departure of the 300 dogs and cats will enable it to improve their facilities and help KSAR survive in Kabul.  Please help by making a donation. 

5 World Environment Day
A day about taking action to tackle urgent environmental issues.  Find out more
8 World Oceans Day
A day to celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Be a part of it!  #WorldOceansDay.  If you're planning an event, there's an event planning toolkit for you, too!  In 2024 the theme is Catalyzing Action for Our Ocean & Climate

Great Big Green Week 2023
The UK's biggest ever celebration of community action to tackle climate change and protect nature.   There are lots of events taking place - it's organised by a coalition of nature organisations.  Find out more

9 Coral Triangle Day
This day seeks to show the  Coral Triangle as a globally significant eco-region and to empower people to take actions to protect and conserve the ocean as a natural treasure.   Did you know you can adopt a coral?
14 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
15tbc International Working Animal Day
The day aims to raise awareness about the vital role of working animals in people’s everyday lives. In 2023, the theme was all about the growing impact of plastic pollution on working animals in low-income countries.  Find out more from SPANA
16tbc World Refill Day
A global day of action to prevent plastic pollution and help people live with less waste.  Reuse items, making one small change to your  everyday routine to help reduce single-use plastic.  Find out more
17-23 National Pollinator Week
Celebrate the importance of pollinators and spread the word about how we can all help them.  Visit Insect Week (UK)


World Albatross Day
Find out about World Albatross Day and what you can do to help.   Find out more

21-30 The Yulin Dog Festival, China
This is a terrible event - thousands of dogs are rounded up to be eaten in Yulin, China as part of a Dog Meat Festival.  The way the dogs are killed is horrific, and this event must be stopped.  Visit NotodogMeat, and also there's a petition you can sign  
21 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, Surge Sanctuary and Animals Asia.   And you don't need a dog to get involved!  Find out more here
21 World Giraffe Day
Celebrate the giraffe and see what you can do to help these wonderful animals from the Giraffe Conservation Foundation
22 Restore Nature Now
This is a march through London to see nature, wildlife and climate groups and campaigners come together to call for all political parties to take urgent action to restore nature and tackle climate change in the UK. Let's raise the roof for nature!  Find out more from the RSPB
22 World Rainforest Day
The day celebrates rainforests and encourages action to preserve it.  Find out more here
22 World Camel Day
It's a chance to dedicate a day to camels - did you know the wild camel is the 8th most endangered of the large mammals?  Find out more about camels and see how you can help the Wild Camel Protection Foundation 
24-28 Small Charity Week
This celebrates and raises awareness of the essential work of the UK’s small charity sector who make an invaluable contribution to the lives of millions of individuals, communities and causes.  Find out more
Rabbit Awareness Week
The RSPCA says it's in the middle of a bunny crisis, with its intake of rabbits up 48% from 2021 vs 2022.  So the theme is neutering in 2023 and they've got a guide on caring for your rabbit here.
29 - 7 Swift Awareness Week
Join walks, talks and events with local Swift experts and enthusiasts to enjoy watching these amazing birds and discover more about them.  Find out more from the RSPB.
29 - 7 United Kingdom Week for the Animals
The 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
JULY 2024
  The Plastic Challenge
Sign up to the Marine Conservation Society's Plastic Challenge and reduce your plastic footprint - can you keep it going?
1-7 National Clean Beaches Week
Held in the US every year to coincide with July 4th, Independence Day, when littering is at its worst according to the event's website.  Litter does a huge amount of damage to wildlife.  Find out more
1-7 Swift Awareness Week
Derbyshire Wildlife Trust are raising awareness of Swift Awareness Week and celebrating the beauty of the swift.  Find out about their Swift Conservation Project
1 National Meadows Day
97% of the UK's meadows and flower-rich grasslands have been lost since the 1930s. Nearly 1,400 species of pollinators and other insects rely on meadow plants for their survival. Plantlife need help in turning this around.  Held on the first Saturday in July.  Find out  more here 
Running of the Bulls, the San Fermin Festival in Pamplona, Spain
This is a truly horrific event which takes place over a week and runs terrified bulls to the point of exhaustion through narrow streets, chased by crowds, after which the bulls are stabbed to death.  PETA has a petition to urge the mayor of Pamplona to end the Running of the Bulls and subsequent bullfights during the San Fermín festival.  Please sign and give these bulls your voice. 
11 World Population Day
This is for humans who are now over 8 BILLION.  
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.  Visit the Jane Goodall Institute for ways to help
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 polar bears
16 World Snake Day
The World Land Trust is encouraging us all to Be Kind to Snakes on World Snake Day.  More info
14-6 Big Butterfly Count
Join in the world's biggest butterfly count and help Butterfly Conservation assess the health and state of the environment
15-16 Global Beach Clean Up
Get a band of friends and family together and devote 2 hours to a positive action that will benefit your community and the ocean environment.  Find out more here
22-30 National Moth Week
National Moth Week celebrates the beauty, life cycles, and habitats of moths. Learn about and observe moths, and become a Citizen Scientist and contribute scientific data about moths
22-6 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 
26 World Mangrove Day
This UN day aims to raise awareness of the importance of mangrove ecosystems as “a unique, special and vulnerable ecosystem" and also to promote solutions for their sustainable management, conservation and uses
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.  Take a prowl round Tigers4Ever and how you can help them help tigers.
28-6 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
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
4 International Owl Awareness Day
Learn all about these amazing birds and how you can live an owl-friendly life. 
4  International Clouded Leopard Day 
This is a very good chance to raise awareness of the beautiful clouded leopard.   Find out more about the species here 
7-13 International Wolf Day
Find out about Pacific Wild's Save the BC Wolves online campaign!  Find out more  
8 International Cat Day
An opportunity to share our passion for cats and learn more about this fascinating species and promoting happiness through understanding so Making Happy Cats!  #InternationalCatDay
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.  Visit lion charities to find out about conservation, such as the Pride Lion Conservation Alliance.  More info
12  World Elephant Day
To bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants - here are some ways to help
18 Never Give Up Day
Cultivate a mindset of determination. The day serves as a reminder and an opportunity to promote the importance of perseverance, determination, and resilience in the face of challenges and obstacles - never give up!
19  International Orangutan Day
Raising awareness of the plight of the orangutan and how we can all help. 
19 International Homeless Animals Day
To shed light on overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.  
26 International Dog Day
This was started in the USA as National Dog Day but it's become an international day to recognise the number of dogs who need to be rescued from rescue each year.   Somebody said recently if you buy from a breeder, that's one dog in rescue who is missing out on a home.  I can't remember who it was, but it says it all.  More info
26-27 tbc 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.   Take a look at the Bat Conservation Trust to find out more about bats.
30 International Whale Shark Day
The day is held to highlight their wonder, their role in keeping our ocean ecosystems healthy and balanced – and the threats they face.  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
  Dolphin Defender Month
People worldwide are encouraged to take action against the dolphin slaughters and captures in Taiji, Japan and to find out more about the truth behind marine mammal capacity.  It's organised by the Dolphin Project.  Find out how you can help dolphins here
  Save the Koala Month
It's Save the Koala Month - visit the Australian Koala Foundation to find out more
1 Koala Army’s March for Creatures Great and Small
This is a march for all Creatures Great and Small in Canberra, ACT, but it's also virtual.  Join a ‘Paddle of Platypus,’ a ‘Mob of Emus,’ a ‘Flutter of Butterflies,’ a ‘Crackle of Cockatoos’ (the names for a group of animals), or any of the animal squadrons marching together. The Koala Protection Act is a simple piece of national legislation that focuses on protecting Koala habitat.  Find out more here.
1 International Primate Day
Find out all about primates from the Jane Goodall Institute and you can also get more info from the Lemur Conservation Foundation
2 tbc 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
4-8 Zero Waste Week
An opportunity to reduce landfill waste & save money - start some new great habits
7 National Threatened Species Day
Australia's special day gives everyone a chance to reflect on what has been lost and what we can all do to protect nature.  Find out more from the WWF in Australia.  
9-17 National Racehorse Week
The week "is a nationwide annual celebration of the racehorse and a chance to see first-hand the love, care and attention that goes into looking after them" (visit the website here) but we want to use it as a chance to raise awareness of the charities who are working to help retired racehorses  Please also visit Animal Aid and see their horseracing campaign
11-17 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
13 Vietnam National Bear Day
Since 2012, September 13th has been Vietnam’s official Bear Day.  The idea is to raise awareness and urge the public to stop bear farming.   Find out more for Education for Nature, Vietnam
16 World Cleanup Day
11 million environmental heroes from 165 countries took part in 2020 - the biggest waste collection day in human history!  
16 International Red Panda Day
Find out about red pandas on International Red Panda Day, and also the Red Panda Network.  
15-24 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.
22 Chester Zoo's Run for Nature
The event this year takes place on World LRhino Day and Chester is raising money to help save and protect rhinos and create a future where rhinos can survive and thrive.  Take part in the 10k run or the 1 mile zoom for little ones.  Sign up for the event here.


23-29 tbc

Red Squirrel Awareness Week
A good opportunity to discover more about red squirrels and the work being done to protect them and ensure their survival.  Visit the Red Squirrel Survival Trust for more information.   If you're in Scotland, you could also take part in the Great Scottish Squirrel Survey
23-23 Seed Gathering Season
This is run by the Tree Council (who are always looking for volunteer tree wardens) and the event inpsires everyone to join in gathering seeds, fruits and nuts - these can be nurtured to grow the trees of the future.  The event runs for a month .
24 World Rivers Day
Taking place on the last Sunday in September,  this day celebrates the world's waterways and it highlights their importance.  It encourages the improved stewardship of rivers around the world. 
24 World Gorilla Day
World Gorilla Day gives us all the chance to come together in celebrate gorillas and more importantly, taking action to protect gorillas in the wild.  More
24-30 tbc Sea Otter Awareness Week
A week to inspire a deeper awareness of these unique marine mammals, their ecological importance and the many challenges they face. #SeaOtterAwarenessWeek
26 tbc World Cassowary Day
What is a cassowary?  Find out more about them here
30 Save the Koala Day
There are many different ways to help this iconic species of Australia - find out more here
1-31  World Vegetarian Day
This kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month - give being a veggie a go, if you haven't already!
1-7 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
  The Great Global Nurdle Hunt 
So what is a nurdle?  Nurdles are small plastic pellets - billions are used each year to make nearly all our plastic products but many end up washing up on our shores.  Help deal with the problem by getting involved in a nurdle hunt!  Find out more
1-31 Broctober
The Badger Trust and Scottish Badgers in designating the whole month - celebrate badgers and raise awareness of them and it's a good chance to find out more about badger culling and what you can do to help.  #Brocktober
1-31 Adoptober
The RSPCA is spotlighting heartwarming stories of pets who have found their forever homes and rEarly giving opens earlyaising awareness of those who are still looking.  Adopt, don't shop!
3 tbc Giving Day for Apes
Join the Global Federation of Animal Sanctuaries for a global day of giving in support of more than 30 qualified sanctuaries and rescue centers providing rehabilitation or long-term care for apes throughout Africa, Asia and North America.  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
4 International Zookeeper Day
This is a chance to reflect on the huge contribution zookeepers make to the care and conservation of all species.  Find out more
6 National Badger Day
Celebrate the badger with the Badger Trust.  Why not get involved in a badger group near you?  #LoveBadgers
8 World Octopus Day
This day raises awareness of octopei - find out more about the common octopus here 
8-10 tbc Asia Farm Animal Day
The day aims to raise awareness of the need to help farmed animals in Asia.  Find out more here.
9-15 tbc National Mammal Week
Organised by the Mammal Society to raise awareness of our UK mammals and the conservation issues they face.  More info
10 International African Penguin Awareness Day
Find out all about the African penguin and raise awareness of it. 
12 World Migratory Bird Day
An annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats
18 20World Okapi Day
The day focuses on celebrating the opaki and using them as a flagship species to protect the entire forest ecosystem in which they lives.  Find out more
20 International Sloth Day
Created by Foundation AIUNAU to position a sloth international day on the worldwide level
21 tbc Reptile Awareness Day
The day is held to to help protect and conserve reptiles.   Why not see if you can volunteer with the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation Trust?  They have groups around the UK.
23 World Snow Leopard Day
Committed to raising awareness for the plight of an iconic species.  Find out more here
24-31 tbc Bat Week
Bat Week celebrates the role bats play in nature.  It also raises the need for bat conservation.  Find out more here
27 World Lemur Day
celebrate lemurs and spread the word about their conservation on World Lemur Day and during the World Lemur Festival!
29-4  Polar Bear Week
Organised by Polar Bears International, there are events all week
  Manatee Appreciation Month
The month is dedicated to raising awareness about manatees, their conservation status, and the actions we can take to contribute to their protection.  Help spread the word and inspire change.  Find out more here.
1 World Vegan Day
Give being a vegan a go and find out more about it. The event runs into the month.   Why not take PETA's 30 Day Vegan Challenge?
4 National Numbat Day
This is a great chance to find out about numbats - do you know what they are?  Find out here!
4 National Bison Day
The day commemorates the contribution of the bison to the USA and efforts to restore conservation herds of bison to the on Tribal and public lands.  Find out more
7 National Hug a Bear Day
Well, you wouldn't hug an actual bear, but this is too good an opportunity to miss to raise awareness of bear charities, wild and captive!
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
12-18 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 on the 15th. 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
25-3 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
28 TBC Giving Tuesday
This is a chance to give to charities all over the world. 
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
end Nov - 
start Dec
 Big Give Christmas Challenge 2024 
Donations to participating charities can be doubled. One donation, twice the impact. Lots of animal charities and conservation/environmental charities participate so this is a good chance to make donations go much further.
   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 envelope
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.  #WildlifeConservationDay
4 International Cheetah Day
The Cheetah Conservation Fund has ideas of a number of ways you can help the cheetah and help celebrate cheetahs and raise awareness.  Click here for more information
9 International Day for Veterinary Medicine
Vets play an important role in communities worldwide to ensure the health of animals, humans and the environment. 
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. #MoutainsMatte
JANUARY 2025  
1-31 Veganuary
Veganuary encourages people to move to a plant-based diet to protect the environment, prevent animal suffering and improve our health during the month of January and beyond as well!  Find out more 
early Jan - 
Feb half term
Big Schools Birdwatch - RSPB
Get kids involved in nature watching at school and inspire the nature lovers of the future, and get them outside!  Find out more here
21 National [Red] Squirrel Appreciation Day
This is a good chance to raise awareness of the charities working to help red squirrels, including the Red Squirrel Survival Trust and the Wildlife Trusts and the UK Squirrel Accord, a UK-wide partnership of 41 conservation and forestry organisations, Government agencies and companies, with links to voluntary red squirrel conservation groups.
last weekend 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.  It helps the RSPB work out which species are doing well and which species need our help.  Even if you don't see any birds, the RSPB need to know - it all helps.  Find out more
31 International Zebra Day
A chance to raise awareness of zebra and zebra conservation.  Find out more
  Adopt a Rescued Rabbit Month
Every year, thousands of rabbits end up in rescue - and many have been set lose, or boxed and abandoned, or handed over to animal welfare shelters.  Please adopt a rabbit rather than buy!   Rabbits need to be in pairs - they need the company. Take a look at the Rabbit Awareness Action Group
1st week -
30 April TBC
National Green Week
The week aims to help create a sustainable future through education.  There are lots of resources for schools and you can get as involved as you like! Pick your week to do your Green Week.
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?   Visit the website to find out more #ActForWetlands Join #GenerationRestoration #ForWetlands
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. 
15 National Hippo Day
I couldn't find a site dedicated to National Hippo Day but take a look at the Turgwe Hippo Trust who save hippos in Zimbabwe.  More info
c16-19 Great Backyard Bird Count
People of all ages around the world spend their weekend counting, learning about, and celebrating birds. 
16 World Pangolin Day
A day to raise awareness about pangolins and their plight. #worldpangolinday.  You could also head over to our Pangolin Corner to see how you can help #worldpangolinday
18 World Whale Day
The day aims to boost understanding of whales.   Go to Whale and Dolphin Conservation to see how you can help these beautiful animals.
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.  
27 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.  There's a list of charities who neuter here
MARCH 2025
  Be a bumbleebee recorder with BeeWalk!
The Bumblebee Conservation Trust says March is a good time to start spotting bumblebees - please get involved and see how you can help.
  Seagrass Awargrass Day on 1 March kicks the month off to raise awareness of the importance of healthy seagrass meadows.  Fieness MonthWorld Seand out more here from Project Seagrass.
3 World Wildlife Day
Celebrate the beauty and variety of the millions of plants and animals that we share our planet.  Find out more here
14 International Day of Action for Rivers 
International Rivers protects rivers and defends the rights of communities that depend on them.  They also help to protect fresh water ecosystems and biodiversity.  Find out more #DayofActionforRivers 
15 International Day of Action Against the Canadian Seal Hunt
This day is dedicated to protesting the hundreds of thousands of seals who will be killed each year for their fur.  In Defense of Animals  is asking us all to urge Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to stop this massacre once and for all!   Find out more and sign here.
15-31 tbc The Great British Spring Clean
Visit the website to take a look at how we can all Keep Britain Tidy
16 Panda Day
A day to celebrate the beautiful panda and to find out all about them and what's being done to help them.  Head over to Pandas International. 
16 tbc Digital Cleanup Day
Did you know about digital pollution?  This is a great opportunity to get rid of old stuff you don't need on your computer, tablet, smartphone and emails and help the planet!  Find out more here
18 tbc Global Recycling Day
Recycling helps protect our natural resources.  It's a chance to tell world leaders that we all need to reunite to waste less and for each of us to look at how much we waste and to do something about it.  
18 Manatee Appreciation Day
Held on the third Wednesday of March,  this is a day dedicated to learning about, appreciating, and helping these gentle giants.  Visit Save the Manatees to find out more about them
20 World Sparrow Day 
This is a chance to see what we can to protect them, as well.  Find out more here.
20 tbc Global Rewilding Day
The loss of wildlands and seas is the number one driver of mass extinction.  Restoring wild nature expands the habitat of many, many species.   Find out more here.
21 World Planting Day 
Get planting and make our urban areas green again or make them greener than they are now!  It isn't an RHS event but they have lots of ways you can get planting, growing, sewing etc - find out more
21 International Day of Forests 
We need to love our forests and take more care of them!  This is a UN day;  make it your mission to find out more about forests and why they are so important!  More info 
22 World Water Day
What does water mean to you?  How can we protect it? The 2024 theme is "Water for peace".  Find out more
c 23 Earth Hour
People from 190 countries took part last year.  Send a strong message to earth's leaders that you demand urgent action to protect nature and our planet.  Why not spend an hour star gazing or listening to the sounds of nature?  
APRIL 2025 
  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.  Last year's event had a number of ways you can get involved  #NationalPetMonth 
  Spring in your Step
Celebrate the beauty of spring and make the most of this stunning time of the year!  Find out more from the Tree Council
  Cakes for Apes
Join Cakes for Apes, the global baking fundraiser for International Animal Rescue that helps save orangutans!  Get baking!
4 World Stray Animals Day
A worldwide celebrated day to give special attention to the 600.000.000 stray animals in the world.  Snip  International works to help build a future where stray cats and dogs don't exist. Find out more
4 World Rat Day
A special day to celebrate all rats.   Join in the rat chat at #WorldRatDay
6-7 (TBC) #BigGreenHike
Choose your route, your distance and your cause.  Many of Britain's nature and environmental charities are joining voices to encourage us all to walk  to raise money for the green stuff.  They all want us to protect and restore our natural environment.  Find out more here
7 International Beaver Day 
The Wetlands Conservancy has information on events taking place on this day. Visit the Beaver Trust in the UK to find out all about beavers and how they are being restored to our natural world.
TBC 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 - there's also a link to Animal Aid's campaign to ban jump racing.
21 World Curlew Day
World Curlew Day is on 21 April, celebrating the curlew and promoting curlews too!  Fly off to find out more
22 Earth Day
2020 marked 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!  In 2024, Earth Day is demanding a 60% reduction in the production of ALL plastics by 2040
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 and discover all about penguins.
27 World Tapir Day
Seeks to raise awareness about tapirs and to develop a community around tapir  awareness and conservation
28 TBC Save the Frogs Day
Encourages the appreciation and  celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life
29 TBC World Veterinary Day
The teams from Worldwide Veterinary Service treat horrific cases of neglect and mistreatment, as well as severe injuries and illnesses, in places where veterinary care is extremely limited or non-existent. This day is a good opportunity to raise awareness of the Worldwide Veterinary Service