2021 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 - here's the 2021 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 be cancelled.  Please check relevant websites first.  Keep safe, everyone.   Thank you :-) 

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FEBRUARY 2021  
2 World Wetlands Day
Find out why wetlands matter and spread the word!  The theme in 2021 is Wetlands and Water.  Did you know that 40% of all species live or breed in wetlands?   Visit the website to find out more
4 Feb - 30 April 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! 

12-15 Great Backyard Bird Count
People of all ages around the world spend their weekend counting, learning about, and celebrating birds
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

World Whale Day
The day aims to boost understanding of whales.  It has been postponed to 2022 but you could still take a look at the website. 

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
20 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
23 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.
29

Leap for Nature 
This National Trust event was so called because the event was held in a leap year.  It's still in the calendar for 2021 because it's never too late to make simple promises to help nature and wildlife thrive. Find out more  

MARCH 2021
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)
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

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. 
17 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
18 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.  

20 World Sparrow Day 
This is a chance to see what we can to protect them, as well.  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?  Find out more
27 Earth Hour
On Saturday 27 March at 8:30pm your local time.   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 
31 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.  
APRIL 2021  
  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
3 World Aquatic Animal Day
This day is dedicated specifically to aquatic animals.  The 2021 theme is “The Impact of Human Activities on Aquatic Animals” and will cover issues such as climate change and plastic pollution. #worldaquaticanimalday.  Find out more.
4 World Stray Animals Day
A worldwide celebrated day to give special attention to the 600.000.000 stray animals in the world.  Four Paws is just one charity working to help strays. 
4 World Rat Day
A special day to celebrate all rats.   Join in the rat chat at #WorldRatDay
10

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

21 World Curlew Day
World Curlew Day is on 21 April, celebrating the curlew and promoting curlews too!
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
24 Save the Frogs Day
Encourages the appreciation and  celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life
25

World Penguin Day
Celebrate all things penguin with the Antarctic and Southern Ocean Coalition.  

25  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
27 World Tapir Day
Seeks to raise awareness about tapirs and to develop a community around tapir  awareness and conservation
MAY 2021
 TBC 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
  Every Flower Counts
Plantlife will be holding this event again, and you can find more information on this survey which involved counting wild flowers on your lawn (not every single one) so that Plantlife could get an idea of how many pollinators we were all supporting.  Buzz off to Plantlife.co.uk here
  Walk in the Woods Month
Enjoy trees and woods. Across the UK,  walks, talks and other events take place in town and countryside
2 International Dawn Chorus Day

Celebrate nature's greatest symphony.  Around the world, people get up to listen to the wonderful sound of birds - and the Wildlife Trusts enable you to use a tracker to find a dawn chorus walk near you.  Altenratively, you can stay in bed and open your window and just listen! 

3 Wild Koala Day
A day to celebrate wild koalas and protect their habitats. #wildkoaladay  More Info
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 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 
8 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!
10-16 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

15

World Migratory Bird Day
An annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. 
TBC International Donkey Week
At the moment the Donkey Sanctuary is  not running any events, but we'll keep this updated.  Why not take a look at the website and enjoy seeing some of the donkeys on the webcams instead?
15 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. Take a look at the UN Summit on Biodiversity in Sept 2020 and the Global Biodiversity Outlook." More info
23 World Turtle Day
Started by American Tortoise Rescue
26 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.   Watch out for more information. 
JUNE 20201
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
A chance to celebrate and say thank you for the contribution millions of volunteers make across the UK.
5 World Environment Day
Take a biodiversity quiz - how much do you know? 
8 World Oceans Day
A day to celebrate and honor the ocean, which connects us all. Be a part of it!  #WorldOceansDay
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
16 World Sea Turtle Day
Held to honour and highlight the importance of sea turtles.  Find out more
19 World Albatross Day
2020 is the inaurgural year for World Albatross Day, a day which was declared back in 2019 due to the conservation crisis that 31 listed species face.  Thousands of albratrosses, petrels and shearwaters die every year becuase of fishing operations, so this day hopes to raise awareness. Find out more
21-27 National Pollinator Week
Celebrate the importance of pollinators and spread the word about how we can all help them.
21 World Giraffe Day
Celebrate the giraffe and see what you can do to help these wonderful animals.
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 
22-28 National Insect Week
Click here and spend some time discovering more about insects.  Next event will be in 2022 but I wanted to raise awareness of it anyway.
26 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
27 Jun-5July 2021 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!  The next week is in 2021. Click here to visit their website
JULY 2021
 1-31  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
3 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: Find out  more here and support Plantlife's petition to save our butterflies, bees and wildflowers here

11

World Population Day
This is for humans who are now close to 8 BILLION.  
tbc 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

c17 July-9 Aug

Big Butterfly Count
Join in the world's biggest butterfly count and help Butterfly Conservation assess the health and state of the environment

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 h
16 World Snake Day
The World Land Trust is encouraging us all to Be Kind to Snakes on World Snake Day.  More info
TBC Big Butterfly Count
Join in the world's biggest butterfly count and help Butterfly Conservation assess the health and state of the environment
17-25 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
c18-26 Dragonfly Week
How much do you know about dragonflies and how to help them?  This is a great chance to find out more!
c25-9 Aug 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 
 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
AUGUST 2021
4 International Owl Awareness Day
Learn all about these amazing birds and how you can live an owl-friendly life. 
8 Moon Bear Day
Animals Asia's theme for Moon Bear Day is "The Only Cure is Kindness."  They have signed an agreement with the Vietnamese government to end bear bile farming in Vietnam forever and bring the remaining 500 captive bears to sanctuary.  Please help them achieve this goal and care for bears.
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! Run by International Cat Care.  #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
16 Keep Australia Beautiful Week
Keep Australia Beautiful Week is held late August each year to raise awareness about the simple things we can all do in our daily lives to reduce our impact on the environment and encourage action.

21 International Homeless Animals Day
To shed light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.
20-22 Birdfair
Birdfair is organised by the Leicestershire and Rutland Wildlife Trust and the RSPB.  It's normally held in August and raises a huge amount for a wildlife cause, but  in 2020, the physical event is cancelled and there's a Virtual Birdfair instead. More info
19 International Orangutan Day
Raising awareness of the plight of the orangutan and how we can all help 
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
28 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!
SEPTEMBER 2021
  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
  Save the Koala Month
It's Save the Koala Month - visit the Australian Koala Foundation to find out more
1 International Primate Day
Established by Animal Defenders International (ADI) - here are some of the past themes
4 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
6 International Manatee Day
The day recognises manatees all over the world - visit Save the Manatee for more information
TBC Zero Waste Week
An opportunity to reduce landfill waste & save money - start some new great habits
9-15 TBC 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
14-20
TBC
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.
17-18 The Peak District Challenge
This is an exciting series of team trekking challenges based in the Peak District National Park. . All have easy access to public transport from Sheffield and Manchester.  Entrants have the option to fundraise for any charity of their choice. There's with NO cost to the charity and NO deductions from any sponsorship income. Entrants pay the costs - charities just need to promote the chance to fundraise and recruit fundraisers!  Find out more
18 International Red Panda Day
Find out about red pandas on International Red Panda Day, and also the Red Panda Network.  

18 World Cleanup Day
11 million environmental heroes from 165 countries took part in 2020 - the biggest waste collection day in human history!  Join in in 2021
18-21 Great British Beach Clean
An annnual beach clean and survey, the largest in the UK.  Clean up Britain's beaches.
20-26
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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.
21-27 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
22

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.

22 World Rhino Day
A day of celebration for all five species of rhino, which also raises awareness of the threats to them.
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.  MorOc
26 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. 
 OCTOBER 2021
23 Sept - 24 Oct 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!
  Big Match Fund Fortnight
In 2020, the World Land Trust  supporters raised £500,000  in two weeks by making donations for a project to help rare and endemic species that depend on Chocó region in Ecuador.  The first two weeks in October are usually Big Match Fund Fortnight when all donations 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
8 World Octopus Day
This day raises awareness of octopei - find out more about the common octopus here 
9 World Veterinary Nurses Day
A chance to thank veterinary nurses all over the world for all they do to help our animals and us owners too!
9 World Migratory Bird Day
An annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats
10 International African Penguin Awareness Day
Find out all about the African penguin and raise awareness of it. 
12 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
18 World 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
17
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International Sloth Day
Created by Foundation AIUNAU to position a sloth international day on the worldwide level
TBC 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
29 World Lemur Day
celebrate lemurs and spread the word about their conservation on World Lemur Day and during the World Lemur Festival! 
NOVEMBER 2021
1 World Vegan Day
Give being a vegan a go and find out more about it. The event runs into the month
1-7 TBC Polar Bear Week
Organised by Polar Bears International, there are events all week.  
3 One Health Day
This is a global campaign to bring attention to the need for a One Health approach to address health threats shared among people, animals, plants, and the environment.  Visit the World Veterinary Association to find out more about the 2020 event.
8-14
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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 11th.  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
19 TBC International Working Animals Day
This event is 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.  This may go back to being in the summer in 2021 depending on the coronavirus  Find out more here
27-5 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
30 Giving Tuesday
This will be held on 30 November 2021 and it's a chance to give to charities all over the world.  
DECEMBER 2021
  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
1-8 The Christmas Challenge
The Christmas Challenge 2020 took place in the first week of December 2020 and raised over £20.1 million. Donations to participating charities are doubled. Double your impact for animals, conservation and wildlife.  Find out more    See some of the charities who took part here
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 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
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. 
JANUARY 2022
  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!
  Big Schools Birdwatch - RSPB
This birdwatch is now in its 20th year, can you believe it?!  Get kids involved in nature watching at school and inspire the nature lovers of the future, and get them outside!  Held in the first half of the Easter term.  
21 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 National Trust for Scotland
  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.  Held on the last weekend of January
31 International Zebra Day
A chance to raise awareness of zebra and zebra conservation.  Find out about one charity helping zebras, the Grevy's Zebra Trust