RSPCA Inspectorate Awards 2018The RSPCA has awarded an honour to one of the founders of a wildlife rescue in Wales.

Michael Sharratt, of Whitland, has dedicated his life to wildlife welfare for over 50 years. He helped to set up the badger group in West Wales, known as Badger Watch and Rescue Dyfed, and is still an active member.

He was awarded the prestigious Queen Victoria Silver Award at a star studded ceremony at the Royal Society in London, hosted by Alastair Stewart OBE, last night (July 11).

The ceremony was attended by celebrities including Jo Brand, Kate Lawler, Peter Egan and Pete Wicks, from TV’s The Only Way Is Essex.

Michael was praised for being available 24/7 to be called out to help animals by the RSPCA and the local police, council and vets.

RSPCA inspector Keith Hogben said: “Mike has given advice to homeowners about badgers causing problems in their gardens. By the end of the conversation the person who had concerns end up wanting to feed the badgers and encourage them to their gardens!

“He is a fountain of knowledge and expertise and is always there with a smile when we need his assistance.”

Michael has a small approved wildlife rehabilitation unit where he has helped over 300 foxes, badgers and on occasions otters, swans and polecats; the majority of which have been released back to the wild thanks to his care and expertise.

For the last few years Michael has been consulting with the Welsh Government in relation to the issue of Bovine TB. He has also worked closely with many small local welfare charities that have asked for his help and he has always readily given his time, passion and knowledge.

Michael said: “I feel it is a great privilege to have been awarded an honour by the RSPCA but I also feel that this honour belongs to many helpful people and brave animals in Wales. Thank you RSPCA.”

Deputy Chief Executive of the RSPCA Chris Wainwright said: “The RSPCA Honours is a fantastic event that the RSPCA is extremely proud of. The evening showcases the work of those who go the extra mile to show compassion and dedication to animals.

“There have been so many inspirational and heartwarming stories and we hope the awards have helped to highlight the positive power of animals and the impact they have on our lives.”

RSPCA Honours are held annually and this year saw a ceremony hosted by Alastair Stewart at The Royal Society in London yesterday (July 11).

They are an opportunity to recognise and honour people and organisations that help to make the lives of animals better; through kindness, courage, determination and innovation. Awards are given for bravery, outstanding service and to recognise exceptional contributions to animal welfare.