2018 Calendar - Things to do, events, national days, world 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 2018 Calendar.   Even if you can't participate, 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!  Dates for 2019 are to be confirmed  

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27 Nov - 4 Dec The Christmas Challenge
The Christmas Challenge takes place from 12pm (midday) Tues 27th November - 12pm Tues 4th December when your donation to participating charities can be doubled.  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
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.

Help the Animals at Christmas
Head to Channel5.com at 8pm for this star-studded entertainment extravaganza that will be broadcast live to help raise awareness and much-needed funds for animals in need of treatment or help. This will be the first ever UK TV event raising funds and awareness for UK animal welfare, highlighting the work of 5 British animal charities.  More info

TBC 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.  
TBC Big Schools Birdwatch - RSPB
Get kids involved in nature watching at school and inspire the nature lovers of the future
2 World Wetlands Day
Find out about the importance of wetlands to animal and human wellbeing 
14-21 National Nest Box Week
Put up a nest box in your local area to help increase the number of suitable nesting spaces for birds
16 World Pangolin Day
A day to raise awareness about pangolins and their plight.
c12-16 Go Green Week
Students run a week of activities to raise awareness and demand stronger action to tackle the climate crisis
27 World Spay Day
This day shines a spotlight on the lifesaving power of spay/neuter and the need for affordable services, particularly in underserved communities
27 International Polar Bear Day
Celebrate it as a day of action to reduce carbon emissions by taking Polar Bear International's Thermostat Challenge
MARCH 2019
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)
2-4 Great British Spring Clean
Last year 250,000 people took part in the Great British Spring Clean.   This year, volunteers will again do what they can to clear up litter.   This will help make the countryside look better and keep wildlife safer - many animals think litter is something to eat or get caught in it or trapped in it.   Find out more here
8-16 March for Giants
From 8-16 March 2018, Space for Giants' digital herd will travel across global billboards, raising awareness of the crisis facing elephants.  Find out more here
21 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.
24 Earth Hour
Starting at 8:30pm local time, this lights off event seeks to raise awareness about climate change. 
APRIL 2019
  National Pet Month
Promotes responsible pet ownership and helps pet charities across the UK raise thousands of pounds for their organisations
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
The day aims to broaden, diversify and activate the environmental movement worldwide - take a look at their campaigns and take a look at highlights to see what's possible by individuals, organisations & governments
23-30 Cakes for Apes
Get baking and have lots of fun whilst raising funds for the treatment and care of rescued orangutans.  Swing over to IFAW for more information
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!
27 World Tapir Day
Seeks to raise awareness about tapirs and to develop a community around tapir  awareness and conservation
28 Save the Frogs Day
Encourages the appreciation and  celebration of amphibians by people from all walks of life
28  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
MAY 2019
1-7 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
6-12 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.
8 World Donkey Day
Kicks off International Donkey Week 
8-15 International Donkey Week
Every year The Donkey Sanctuary holds this unique week's holiday, relaxing down among the donkeys.  This is a great chance to get close up to donkeys and find out a lot more about them.  Click here to hot hoof it to the Donkey Sanctuary for more info
11-13 The Great Plastic Pick Up
The Daily Mail and Keep Britain Tidy have joined forces to encourage communities, schools, families and individuals to come together to clear rubbish from our streets, beaches and beauty spots.  Register and find out more here
12 World Migratory Bird Day
An annual awareness-raising campaign highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats. Usually held on the second weekend of May.
14-20 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
18 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 importantwhy plants need our help and how you can get involved.   More info
17 May-30 June 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
20 World Bee Day
Its aim is to raise public awareness about the importance of bees, highlighting how the beekeeping sector helps in a global sense in such matters as poverty alleviation, preserving a healthy environment and in maintaining biodiversity.  More info
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
30 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.
JUNE 2019
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.
2-10 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!
TBC #2minutebeachclean
Join in and spend 2 minutes cleaning your local beach (or if you're a long way from a beach, why not just join in anyway and clean up the countryside?).  Help rid the world’s beaches of marine litter and plastic pollution, two minutes at a time.  Find out more here
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
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
16 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
22 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
30 Jun-8 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
JULY 2018
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?
7 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
3-9 Born Free Cat Nap
Join in Born Free's Big Cat Nap and help raise funds and awareness of the plight of of big cats.
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
15-23 National Dragonfly Week
Events and activities nationally to view and celebrate these marvellous insects!  More info
16 World Snake Day
Care2.com has 10 things you didn't know about snakes to celebrate the day - a great chance to find out more about them!
20-12 Aug Big Butterfly Count
Join in the world's biggest butterfly count and help Butterfly Conservation assess the health and state of the environment
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
Late July - early 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.
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
TBC Birdfair
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
18 International Homeless Animals Day
To shed light on pet overpopulation and the spay/neuter solution.
19 International Orangutan Day
Raising awareness of the plight of the orangutan and how we can all help 
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. Find out how you can help bats here.
  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
Worldwide, an estimated 200,000 primates are experimented on each year.  September 1st marks International Primate Day and your help is needed more than ever to end primate tests.  More info
TBC International Vulture Awareness Day
Find out why vultures are important to the environment
Zero Waste Week
An opportunity to reduce landfill waste & save money - start some new great habits
10-16 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
World Cleanup Day 2018
On an allocated day in September, it's hoped that 150 countries will get involved in this ENORMOUS World Clean up.... find out more here
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 World Car Free Day
The pollution from cars affects us all, people and animals.   Can you manage without the car for a day?  WWF says one way to help polar bears is to try to get rid of the car as much as possible. Find out more World Car Free Day
Great Gorilla Run
Join hundreds of people dressed as gorillas to run, jog or walk 8km though the City of London in the 15th annual Great Gorilla Run to help save a species on the edge of extinction.  Click here to run over to the Great Gorilla Run's website
Sea Otter Awareness Week
Held to recognise the vital role sea otters play in the nearshore ecosystem.  Find out more here
28 TBC FSC Friday
The Forest Stewardship Council's day to inform and educate people - including employees, students, groups and the general public - of the value of FSC and the vital role forests play in our lives. It is a chance to increase awareness and encourage people to look for the FSC logo and buy FSC certified products.  Visit the FSC's website
28 TBC Save the Koala Day
Find out more from WWF Australia about how you can help koalas
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
1 World Vegetarian Day
This kicks off Vegetarian Awareness Month - give being a veggie a go, if you haven't already! 
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.
20 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
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
TBC National Pet Show
Held at the NEC, Birmingham - a great day out
11-17 TBC Polar Bear Week
Organised by Polar Bears International, there are events all week.  Take the Energy Challenge to sustain the bears' future.  
11-17 TBC Orangutan Caring Week
Raise awareness for the conservation of orangutans and their habitats in Indonesia.  
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
TBC Orange for Orangutans Day
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
24 Nov - 2 Dec 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
27 Giving Tuesday
Entering its seventh year, #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving fueled by the power of social media and collaboration.  More info 
29 NEW:  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