The pigs are out!
September in the New Forest means only one thing - the pigs have been let loose for Pannage Season
Every year, from the third week of September in the New Forest, 600 domestic pigs are released to devour all the acorns that have fallen from the oak trees. Acorns are poisonous to cattle and ponies, but not to pigs, so it’s vital they hoover them all up from the forest floor. This is what gives these New Forest pigs their unique, sweet and nutty flavour - perfect for a Sunday roast.
Pannage Season lasts a minimum of 60 days, so there’s plenty of time to get your camera out to capture this unique and historic spectacle! This little video can tell you more...