Livestock owners in flood-risk areas are being urged to sign up for flood alerts after the RSPCA rescued 12 stranded sheep from River Clwyd flooding in mid-June.

South West Farmer:

The animal welfare charity was alerted after members of the public spotted the stranded sheep in a meadow, with water current either side of the animals.

Fortunately, a successful rescue was completed by RSPCA inspectors Phil Lewis, Mike Pugh and Mark Roberts, and animal collection officer Will Galvin on 13 June.

All sheep were safely collected or guided to safe grazing land. Some were carried through the water by officers, while others swam while being safely directed by the RSPCA.

South West Farmer:

Support also came from a member of the public, who runs a water sports company in Bala, and attempted to transport some of the smaller lambs in a raft.

The animal welfare charity say the incident is “another reminder” as to the importance of those with livestock in risk areas to sign up to receive flood warnings - with services available through Floodline via phone, email or text message.

RSPCA inspector Phil Lewis said: “This was a challenging incident – but thankfully all sheep were returned safe but wet to the owner after a two and a half hour rescue mission.

“The very fast current created a dangerous situation for the sheep, who had become totally stranded in a meadow adjacent to the flood waters and were in a very precarious situation.

“Unsurprisingly, the poor sheep were exhausted but thankfully all fine after a pretty difficult ordeal. We do love a happy ending like this one.

“This is another reminder as to the importance of livestock owners in flood-risk areas being prepared.

You can sign up online for free flood alerts on the Natural Resources Wales website.