World Sparrow Day

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“A day for the house sparrow to convey the message of conservation of the house sparrow and other common birds and also mark a day of celebration to appreciate the beauty of the common biodiversity which we take so much for granted.

The house sparrow was once the most common bird in the world, but in the past few years, this bird has been on the decline over much of its natural range, both in the urban and rural habitats.”

 

International Day of Forests

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Celebrates and raises awareness of the importance of all types of forests. On each International Day of Forests, countries are encouraged to undertake local, national and international efforts to organize activities involving forests and trees, such as tree planting campaigns. The theme for 2017 was Forests and Energy.

World Wood Day

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“World Wood Day is a cultural event celebrated annually on March 21st, same day as the International Day of Forests, to highlight wood as an eco-friendly and renewable biomaterial and to raise awareness on the key role wood plays in a sustainable world through biodiversity and forest conservation. This unique celebration reminds us all the importance and true value of wood and its responsible uses.

World Wood Day falls on the vernal equinox, March 21st, to symbolize the start of spring. World Wood Day was proposed by International Wood Culture Society (IWCS) and first celebrated in 2013 in Tanzania.”

John Muir’s birthday

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The Scots-born founder of the modern conservation movement, John Muir was passionate about wild places. He explored them, wrote about them and campaigned to protect them.

Biography of John Muir.

John Muir Trust – a conservation charity dedicated to protecting and enhancing wild places in the UK.

John Muir Association  – celebrate the life, share the vision, and preserve the legacy of John Muir through education, preservation, advocacy and stewardship, in partnership with the National Park Service at the John Muir National Historic Site in California.

 

National Nightingale Festival

Nightingale Singing

All through May.

Ever wanted to hear a nightingale sing? Well, here’s your chance, with over 100 walks, talks and cultural events to help you experience our most famed songster.

The nightingale is the bird that inspired writers and poets from Keats to Shakespeare, and composers from Beethoven to Tchaikovsky .

But nightingale numbers have fallen in Britain by 90% in the last 50 years and their range has contracted to the south and east, so there are increasingly few chances to hear them.

Nightingale facts:

  1. The nightingale is a summer visitor to Britain, arriving mid April, breeding,  and then flying over 2500 miles to spend the winter in western Africa.
  2. In appearance, it is like a small plain-brown thrush with a rusty tail. But it is easier to hear than see, for it keeps itself well hidden.
  3. It likes extensive scrubby habitats, often near water, with plenty of cover and lots of warm margins where it can find beetles and ants to eat.
  4. It needs undisturbed places to raise its young, building a nest close to the ground.
  5. The UK population is thought to have declined by a staggering 90% in the last 50 years.
  6. It is estimated that there are less than 6,000 singing males left.
  7. Its range has contracted too, and it is now only found south and east of a line between Gloucestershire and Lincolnshire.
  8. The reasons for the declines are complicated, and may include loss of habitat in the UK due to deer browsing, climate change, and changing woodland management. However, factors on their migration route and in their winter quarters are also likely.
  9. So we need to make sure we do everything we can to give them the best chance of producing lots of youngsters here in Britain.

Save the Frogs Day

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“Save The Frogs Day is the world’s largest day of amphibian education and conservation action. Our goal is to provide people with educational materials, ideas and inspiration and empower them to educate their local communities about amphibians. Save The Frogs Day takes place annually on the last Saturday of April.

We chose April because frogs are active (in the temperate Northern Hemisphere anyway), and because it’s warm enough that field trips can take place. Also, schools are in session and most universities have not yet started exam, so students can take an active part.

Save The Frogs Day Worldwide Impact
Since 2009 our supporters have held over 1,300 Save The Frogs Day educational events in 60 countries. These events have helped educate tens of thousands of people about the importance of frogs and ways to protect amphibian populations!

Save The Frogs Day events have included protests at the US Environmental Protection Agency for its failure to ban harmful endocrine-disrupting pesticides; parades through major urban centers; frog art and photo exhibits in town centers; habitat restoration at critical frog habitats; nature walks to teach people about their local amphibians; and numerous presentations on amphibian conservation in schools and universities. Because of Save The Frogs Day and our worldwide network of volunteers, the frogs now have assistance all around the planet, and the next generation of humans is growing up with the knowledge needed to protect amphibians from extinction.”

Read The story of ‘Save the Frogs Day

Plant Conservation Day

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Global celebration dedicated to preserving, protecting, and conserving plants for people and the planet.

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Plant Conservation Day is a fantastic excuse to celebrate the importance of plants and learn more about the key role we all play in their conservation.

Plant Conservation Day was started in 2001 by the Association of Zoological Horticulture (AZH), and has been actively celebrated by zoos throughout the United States since then. In 2006, Botanic Gardens Conservation International (BGCI) partnered with AZH to help expand Plant Conservation Day celebrations to botanic gardens and develop resources to make celebrating easy and fun for any organization, group, or individual interested in conserving the world’s plants.

Check out the resources for organisers.

International Day for Biological Diversity

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The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

This is part of the UN Decade of Biodiversity – from 2011-2020, with the target “By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.”

International Day for Biological Diversity

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‘The Secretariat of the Convention on Biological Diversity is pleased to announce that the theme of the International Day for Biological Diversity 2019 is:

“Our Biodiversity, Our Food, Our Health”

The theme aims to leverage knowledge and spread awareness of the dependency of our food systems, nutrition, and health on biodiversity and healthy ecosystems. Read more
We invite you to share your plans for activities to celebrate the International Day for Biological Diversity by registering your activities here so that they are included in the IDB2019 celebrations page.

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The United Nations has proclaimed May 22 The International Day for Biological Diversity (IDB) to increase understanding and awareness of biodiversity issues.

This is part of the UN Decade of Biodiversity – from 2011-2020, with the target “By 2020, at the latest, people are aware of the values of biodiversity and the steps they can take to conserve and use it sustainably.”

World Turtle Day®

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Created to celebrate and protect turtles and tortoises and their disappearing habitats around the world.

Now celebrated around the globe, turtle and tortoise lovers are taking “shellfies” and holding “shellebrations” in the US, Canada, Pakistan, Borneo, India, Australia, the UK and many other countries. #shellebrate

American Turtle Rescue launched World Turtle Day to increase respect and knowledge for the world’s oldest creatures. These gentle animals have been around for 200 million years, yet they are rapidly disappearing as a result of smuggling, the exotic food industry, habitat destruction, global warming and the cruel pet trade. It is a very sad time for turtles and tortoises of the world.

Free #WorldTurtleDay Party Pack here http://bit.ly/1YwebJR

 

European Day of Parks

Imagine a day when all Parks and Protected Areas come together across Europe, celebrate their successes and declare the value and benefits of Europe’s Protected Areas to communities, decision makers and the wider public. Well it is EUROPARC’s European Day of Parks!

Every year European Day of Parks takes place on and around 24th of May. It aims to bring people closer to nature and raise public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in Protected Areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places.

The Climate is changing, bringing changes that affect the life of every being on earth. Nature was never so threatened – nor so needed – as before.

The air we breathe, the water we drink, the food we crop, they all depend on the quality of our ecosystems. From the mountain tops to the deep seas, there is a huge variety of habitats protected by National, Nature, Regional, N2000, Marine or Periurban Parks. In Europe, nature has a level of protection thanks to the work of our Parks: they preserve our natural resources and are authentic hubs of biodiversity. They are our life support system.

The European Day of Parks is a commemorative day for Protected Areas across Europe that was launched in 1999 by the EUROPARC Federation to celebrate Protected Areas throughout Europe. It celebrates the creation of the 1st National Parks in Europe – a set of nine parks created in Sweden in 1909.

European Day of Parks

2019 theme: Our Natural Treasures

Our Protected Areas are made of amazing landscapes, incredible species and unique habitats. What are the Natural Treasures your park is protecting? What is the story of that endangered species that live in your Park?

#EuropeanDayofParks

About the European Day of Parks

Imagine a day when all Parks and Protected Areas come together across Europe, celebrate their successes and declare the value and benefits of Europe’s Protected Areas to communities, decision-makers and the wider public. Well, it is EUROPARC’s European Day of Parks!

Every year European Day of Parks takes place on and around 24th of May. It aims to bring people closer to nature and raise public awareness on the importance of the natural beauty preserved in Protected Areas and the importance of conservation and sustainable management of those places.

World Migratory Bird Day

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Highlighting the need for the conservation of migratory birds and their habitats.

WBMD happens twice a year, on the Second Saturday in May and October, combining International Migratory Bird Day (IMBD) and World Migratory Bird Day (WMBD).

“We celebrate the ways we can help to protect birds every day of the year through actions, stories, and art. Our education campaign is changing and growing. After 25 years, International Migratory Bird Day becomes World Migratory Bird Day, joining with partners across the globe to unify our voices for bird conservation.”

A range of resources, including factsheets, colouring pages & more, are available here.

World Otter Day

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CELEBRATE OTTERS   –   RAISE AWARENESS   –   EDUCATE   –   FUNDRAISE   –   PROTECT

Join the many people from around the world who love otters and are dedicated to their conservation, to raise awareness and ensure that a greater number of people know about the problems that otters face.  The loss of habitat, illegal trade (fur and pets), being hunted, road death, pollution are a few of the challenges.

All 13 species of otter need our help. ALL 13 species are listed in the IUCN Red List.

#worldotterday

About World Otter Day

A day designated by the International Otter Survival Fund to raise awareness of their work protecting, conserving, and caring for otters everywhere!

Each year more people in more countries are getting involved and in 2018 World Otter Day was celebrated in at least 26 countries.

 

World Environment Day

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A global celebration of nature, a day to reconnect with the places that matter most to you.

‘On 5 June, go outside and show us that you’re #WithNature. Breathe in the beauty and remember that by keeping our planet healthy, we keep ourselves healthy too.

World Environment Day is a day for everyone, everywhere. Since it began in 1972, global citizens have organized many thousands of events, from neighbourhood clean-ups, to action against wildlife crime, to replanting forests.

A Platform for Action
World Environment Day is the United Nations’ most important day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action for the protection of our environment. Since it began in 1974, it has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

The People’s Day
Above all, World Environment Day is the ‘people’s day’ for doing something to take care of the Earth or become an agent of change. That ‘something’ can be focused locally, nationally or globally; it can be a solo action or involve a crowd – everyone is free to choose.

The Theme
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that focuses attention on a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2017 is connecting people to nature.’

#WorldEnvironmentDay

World Environment Day

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The United Nations day for encouraging worldwide awareness and action to protect our environment. Since it began in 1974, the event has grown to become a global platform for public outreach that is widely celebrated in over 100 countries.

The people’s day
Above all, World Environment Day is the “people’s day” for doing something to take care of the Earth. That “something” can be local, national or global. It can be a solo action or involve a crowd. Everyone is free to choose.

The theme
Each World Environment Day is organized around a theme that draws attention to a particularly pressing environmental concern. The theme for 2019 is “Air pollution”.

Together we can #BeatAirPollution

Toolkits provide a how-to guide on solutions to air pollution, allowing you to pick and choose what is right for you. Whether you are a business, a government, school or individual.

#WorldEnvironmentDay

 

Don’t Step on a Bee Day

‘Poor bees are having enough trouble surviving these days, so let’s not add to their problems by stepping on them, too! Celebrate Don’t Step on a Bee Day on July 10 and watch out for bees in your path.

Don’t Step on a Bee Day is another holiday from the fertile minds of Tom and Ruth Roy. It looks like the idea was to remind kids to be careful when going barefoot to avoid getting stung. In other words, protect ourselves from the bees.

I think it can work both ways. We can also try to protect the bees from us. After all, the only reason most bees sting us is if they feel threatened by us … And who wouldn’t feel threatened by a big ol’ foot coming down on them? Ouch!

Besides, protecting the bees is actually also protecting us. Yes, it really is. How? Read on.’

Big Butterfly Count

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‘The big butterfly count is a nationwide survey aimed at helping us assess the health of our environment. It was launched in 2010 and has rapidly become the world’s biggest survey of butterflies. Over 60,000 people took part in 2017, submitting 62,500 counts of butterflies and day-flying moths from across the UK.

How to take part

Simply count butterflies for 15 minutes during bright (preferably sunny) weather during the big butterfly count. We have chosen this time of year because most butterflies are at the adult stage of their lifecycle, so more likely to be seen. Records are welcome from anywhere: from parks, school grounds and gardens, to fields and forests.

If you are counting from a fixed position in your garden, count the maximum number of each species that you can see at a single time. For example, if you see three Red Admirals together on a buddleia bush then record it as 3, but if you only see one at a time then record it as 1 (even if you saw one on several occasions) – this is so that you don’t count the same butterfly more than once . If you are doing your count on a walk, then simply total up the number of each butterfly species that you see during the 15 minutes.

Download our handy identification chart to help you work out which butterflies you have seen.

You can submit separate records for different dates at the same place, and for different places that you visit. Remember that your count is useful even if you do not see any butterflies or moths.

You can send in your sightings online at www.bigbutterflycount.org or by using our FREE big butterfly count smartphone apps available for iOS and Android.

Unfortunately, we cannot accept any counts sent in on paper or by email, text or phone. The website will be open to receive records throughout July and August.’

Dragonfly Week

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A whole week of events celebrating dragonflies across the UK, starting with a special event at Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire on Saturday 21st July.

National Marine Week

Each year the Wildlife Trusts nationally celebrate the UK’s amazing sea animals and plants during National Marine Week, which this year runs from 23 July to 7 August.

World Ranger Day

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‘The International Ranger Federation (IRF) is a non-profit organisation established to raise awareness of and support the critical work that Rangers do in conserving the world’s natural and cultural heritage.

World Ranger Day both commemorates Rangers killed or injured in the line of duty and celebrates the critical work Rangers do to protect the world’s natural and cultural treasures.

World Ranger Day is observed annually on the 31st of July and is celebrated by the International Ranger Federation’s (IRF’s) member Associations, The Thin Green Line Foundation, and by organisations, schools and individuals who support the work of Rangers and the IRF worldwide.’

World Elephant Day

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On August 12, 2012, the inaugural World Elephant Day was launched to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants. The elephant is loved, revered and respected by people and cultures around the world, yet we balance on the brink of seeing the last of this magnificent creature.’

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#BeElephantEthical