15 Dec 2006 • 1,396 views
The 'pannage pigs' lined up by the barbed wire enclosing the paddock they had raided for acorns (and anything else they could dig up
) ready to break out under the wire to get back onto the Forest.
Taken near Brockenhurst, the same as the others in this group of pictures.more information :-
These are pigs that have been released onto the New Forest to help eat the crop of acorns. It's called 'Pannage'. The pigs are free to roam, are kept out of gardens by gates or cattle grids.
Acorns are harmful to ponies, which also run free on the Forest.
These were happily moving in and out of a small paddock, one that was protected by only three strands of wire that they could easily get beneath.
I like this picture because it seems to show the character of these animals, and how they were all working together.
They lined up along the fence and all 'moved under the wire' (mass breakout) at the same time and trotted off up the road ... which you'll see in the next and final picture I took of them.and more information :-
Pigs naturally dig with their noses, they can dig deep furrows in the soil. The nose rings are to 'protect the flora of the Forest'. They do not prevent them from digging but are intended to stop them digging too deeply.
While I was watching these pigs they successfully 'ploughed' long furrows several inches deep in this paddock, so the rings didn't seem to have much effect.an article from the Times Online "Wanted: 500 pigs to save ponies from toxic acorns"
Pigs can be trained to hunt for truffles, which grow amongst the roots of some trees, in particular Beech trees (I think).my vfxy