A ?guidance note? giving up-to-date advice on trapping grey squirrels has been distributed to gamekeepers by the European Squirrel Initiative (ESI), the charity leading the fight to reduce the impact of the grey squirrel in the UK.

The document contains practical advice on various control methods including trapping and poisoning, as well as highlighting the latest legal positions relating to the protection of the red squirrel and the status of the grey.

ESI chairman George Farr said: ?We believe this will be a very useful aid to those on the ground involved in trapping and controlling grey squirrels.

?An important section of the guidance note deals with methods of despatch and disposal of carcases ? this is a particularly relevant area in the light of some recent accusations in court.?

Copies of the ESI?s new leaflet can be obtained by emailing mail @europeansquirrelinitiative.org.