Cutting back heather

Q) Richard Prior once said that one of the ways to improve a wood for stalking is to cut back heather in the rides. Do I cut it to ground level and all at once, or in bands, leaving some old heather till next season? Does this matter to the…

Too wet to lamp?

Q) Can our landlord stop us from going lamping while the ground is wet? We pay a good rent and have to lamp to control foxes to protect our birds once the silage and corn is cut. (Name and address withheld)

Harris’s hawk

(Q) The theft of Rufus, the Harris hawk at Wimbledon this year, was widely reported. However, shouldn’t the bird be known as a Harris’s hawk rather than a Harris hawk? D. THORPE By email