Chris Packham has said his CBE is a thank you from the animals that have been saved from suffering due to his conservation work.
The naturalist and TV presenter, 57, who has spoken out against fox hunting, badger culling and the killing of birds of prey, has been given the award in the Queen's New Year Honours list for his services to nature conservation.
"In an age where illegal fox hunting, the continued persecution of birds of prey and the unscientific, uneconomic and inhumane culling of badgers continue, our wildlife needs a voice to shout above the noise.
A woman from Sussex who has spent 70 years helping blind people, and a man who has documented Kent's mining industry, are also among those receiving awards in the New Year Honours List.
Across the south east of the Meridian region, five people are being given British Empire Medals. All have made outstanding contributions to community life, as Malcolm Shaw reports:
A 91-year-old charity volunteer who works with blind veterans, and a military photographer, have also been recognised by the Queen in this year's New Year Honours list.
We've been speaking to some of those in line for a medal - including Graeme, who's put his own safety at risk to tell the stories of the soldiers he follows, and Joan, who says she burst into tears when she found out her name was on the list.
Charlotte Cross reports:
The Conservative MP for Wokingham, John Redwood, has been Knighted in the New Year Honours List.
The former cabinet minister and leading Brexiteer has represented the Berkshire town since 1987 and is opposed to Theresa May's EU deal.
On Twitter, Mr Redwood said it has been "a privilege" to serve as Wokingham's MP and offer help to charity.
A former nurse and now hospital chief executive in Sussex, Marianne Griffiths, has been made a Dame in the New Year Honours.
Mrs Griffiths, 58, runs the Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals and neighbouring Western Sussex Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
"I have the privilege to work with so many extraordinary and caring colleagues in the NHS and I am delighted to accept this honour in recognition of everything we achieve together for the people we serve."