Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Hamilton Jenkin. Historically, the birds lived across marshes, heathland and farmland. Conservation programmes involving academics and stakeholders are being created up and down the British Isles. Continue beating until stiff peaks form. Just 138 breeding pairs remain in the Republic of Ireland after a population crash of 96 per cent in 30 years, (Joe Shannon, Curlew Conservation Programme), British Isles populations of iconic curlew ‘to vanish within a decade’, Endangered bird returns to South Korea 40 years after extinction, Formerly rare garden birds now booming thanks to being fed, study says, Bird that went extinct 136,000 years ago comes ‘back from the dead’, You may not agree with our views, or other users’, but please respond to them respectfully, Swearing, personal abuse, racism, sexism, homophobia and other discriminatory or inciteful language is not acceptable, Do not impersonate other users or reveal private information about third parties, We reserve the right to delete inappropriate posts and ban offending users without notification. In the Republic of Ireland the population has dropped by 96 per cent in 30 years. We don’t want to lose the bird that has sculpted our lives for generations,” said Dr O’Donoghue. Usually served cold, it can be eaten with hands, much like a pasty. Bake for 5 minutes or until meringue is golden brown. Seal edges with a fork and repeat with remaining pasties. Consisting of a meat and veggie-packed pocket, the dough is perfectly buttery and flaky – without being overwhelmingly so – and excellent for an on-the-go lunch or snack. Start your Independent Premium subscription today. Are you sure you want to delete this comment? With the motor running, slowly drizzle in 2/3 cup ice water and pulse until dough ball begins to form. To put that into perspective, this decline is equivalent to the population of the Republic of Ireland dropping from 4.8 million to 200,000. Once dough is formed, turn it out onto a lightly floured surface and roll it into a large, flat rectangle. “The devil it is said never came to Cornwall for fear of being made into a pie.” ~ Cornwall and Its People by A.K. Spread over pie filling. 18 %. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. In 1942 they were still so common you could buy them from UK butchers, and in Cornwall they were served up in pies. The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. Lots of people want to keep it in the landscape,” said Mr Brown. Wrap dough tightly in plastic wrap and refrigerate 30-45 minutes, or until chilled. Consisting of a meat and veggie-packed pocket, the dough is perfectly buttery and flaky – without being overwhelmingly so – and excellent for an on-the-go lunch or snack. Every Wednesday at The Curlew in Bournemouth we’ll dedicate our specials to showcase some of our seasonal pies. Remove dough from refrigerator and cut it into 6 equal pieces. Be the first to review this recipe. Note: if mixture is too dry, add more ice water, 1-2 teaspoons at a time. Lovely walks on your doorstep, especially to Holywell Bay Beach, Polly Joke and Cubert Common - a doggies dream. You can find our Community Guidelines in full here. Are you sure you want to mark this comment as inappropriate? Many Cornish dialect words have their origins in the Cornish language and others belong to the West Saxon group of dialects which includes West Country English: consequently words listed may not be exclusive to Cornwall. A beautiful cottage in a very nice and quiet location. In the absence of effective conservation measures the curlew is expected to permanently disappear from Ireland in eight years. Transfer to lined baking sheet and brush the tops of dough with beaten egg. Add meringue (instructions to follow). Newly refurbished, just off the central square, Curlew Cottage is the ideal self-catering option for up to 8 + 2 people in a style to suit today's sea-lovers! Take the far edge of your dough circle and fold it over the beef, towards yourself, to form a half moon. Cornwall Meat Pie. Beat egg whites until frothy. While dough chills, combine beef with potato, turnip, carrot and onion, and season generously with salt and pepper, thyme and rosemary. It allows our most engaged readers to debate the big issues, share their own experiences, discuss real-world solutions, and more. Serve by themselves, with gravy, ketchup, or brown mustard. You don't have to bake them all at once. Nothing was too big or too small for a pie. On a floured surface, roll each piece out to an 8-inch circle. Recipe by itscolleen. This collapse has happened in just one generation. 56.8 g Down one place on last year. As recently as the 1980s, there were 12,000 pairs. Remove from heat and pour into pie shell. “In areas such as Ireland, Northern Ireland, southern England and Wales curlews could go extinct in 10 years or so,” said Daniel Brown, senior conservation advisor at RSPB. “Time will tell if it’s enough, but there’s definitely a real energy and determination for those involved. “It’s a really special bird and has been synonymous with the hills and valleys across the UK for hundreds of years. Bake for 20 minutes, or until lightly browned, then lower oven temperature to 350º F and bake for another 15-20 minutes, or until golden brown. You can wrap in fil, then in lastic and freeze. Gradually beat in sugar. Spoon 1/2-2/3 cup beef mixture into the center of dough, then top with 1/2 tablespoon butter. “The populations are on a steady downward trajectory … On that basis, the future doesn’t look good,” he said. “In contrast, you talk to their grandchildren and they might not have even heard of a curlew, let alone heard its beautiful call. If you have enough veggies, and layer the meat on top of them, they will absorb the fat and flavor. However, there are still signs of hope. Lead author of the new study, Dr Barry O’Donoghue, from the National Parks and Wildlife Service in Ireland, told The Independent: “If you talk to anybody’s grandparents they’ll tell you that curlews were in almost every farm in Ireland. We’re losing part of our cultural heritage as much as our natural heritage.”. The survival of curlews in the British Isles is critical to global survival of the species, as it is home to 25 per cent of the world’s breeding population. We'll be offering up five delicious pies for you to choose from, all served with seasonal vegetables and your choice of classic mash or triple cooked chips. - Mr A Wilcox Curlew was indeed built for an Admiral, in fact the title deeds stipulated that he should be rowed in a longboat to Plymouth Dockyard. In a bowl or directly in your food processor, mix flour and salt together before adding in cold, cubed butter. Want to bookmark your favourite articles and stories to read or reference later? Preheat oven to 400º F and line a baking sheet with parchment paper. There are eight species of curlew in the world, two of which are already believed to be extinct. The British Isles used to be home to hundreds of thousands of the large wading birds, named after their haunting “cur-lee” call, but could soon be left with just fractured remnants of populations in northern England and Scotland. Brazilian chicken pie or torta de frango, in Portuguese, is very different to a British pie. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. You can also choose to be emailed when someone replies to your comment. If these trends continue, Dr James Pearce-Higgins, from the British Trust for Ornithology (BTO), estimates that the birds could disappear from the British Isles entirely within the next 50-100 years. MERINGUE. If you do it correctly, your pastry shell will NOT get soggy. There are now only 300 breeding pairs in southern England, 400 in Wales and 500 in Northern Ireland, while figures in the Republic of Ireland have dropped to 138, according to the latest research published in Wader Study. Just defrost as needed and bake. British Isles populations of iconic curlew once hundreds of thousands strong ‘to vanish within a decade’ ... and in Cornwall they were served up in pies. Birdwatch has released this year's rankings for the most frequently spotted birds in the UK. Curlews could be erased from their heartlands across the British Isles within a decade because of intensive farming, which is destroying their wetland habitats. Now they are on the Red List as being the highest conservation priority. The most insightful comments on all subjects will be published daily in dedicated articles. Results were collected from 420,489 British birdspotters. Want an ad-free experience?Subscribe to Independent Premium. Don't precook the meat. We just may be back next year as my wife and children have a new found love for Cornwall. This is a select list of Cornish dialect words in English—while some of these terms are obsolete others remain in use. Please continue to respect all commenters and create constructive debates.