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Conor had always been intrigued by the mysterious, elusive goshawk. This developed into a fixation, following an unexpected encounter. In this talk he describes heading to the forests of Scotland, and as far afield as New York state and Belorus to find and understand more about this fabled raptor: how it lives, where it lives, and why it might be missing from our lives here in the UK. His search takes him to some unexpected places, at home and abroad. The talk focuses on how this adventure turned into the essay with which he won the BBC Wildlife Nature Writer of the Year award, and then the book, which received a Roger Deakin Award. He will update us on what happened since the book, with some dramatic discoveries thanks to radio-tracking – and some news from Speyside!