E.J.Wilkins

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Break out!

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

Break out!

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

comments (13)

  • Martin
  • United States
  • 15 Dec 2006, 00:17
I continue to be a big fan of these pig pictures. They look so happy and full of mischief.
EJWilkins: This picture makes me smile more than all the rest. I Just love the grin on that pig's face and the way the one looking at the camera is almost daring me to stop them!
And I see that there is racial integration with the black pig there aswell!! Very nice pic Ellie. At first I did not like the wire, but after reading your writeup, I changed my mind completely. Great work. Warmest wishes, Neil.
EJWilkins: Sorry to disappoint you Neil, that's the dirty one I showed before.
  • Paul
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Dec 2006, 09:16
those piercings but me in mind of a kid down our street. In fact, its not just the piercings they have in common grin
EJWilkins: I think the pigs' piercings are more discrete than some I've seen! wink
  • johnnyg
  • United Kingdom
  • 15 Dec 2006, 10:19
Hey guys hold up I think we've been spotted !!! Don't worry says the other it's only that lady with the camera, just smile and show her your rings while we keep digging. wink
EJWilkins: wink If they could talk this might have been what they'd have been saying to each other, it certainly looks like it!
  • Louis
  • 15 Dec 2006, 10:52
When we go for breakfast at Irene you can bring some of this acorn-fed bacon. smile

Would you know why they have those rings through their noses?
EJWilkins: Sounds like a good idea Louis.

The rings are meant to stop them digging too deep. I've added a bit more to the information under the picture.
  • david
  • hemel hempstead, sadly!
  • 15 Dec 2006, 11:50
cute - i like the facial decorations!
EJWilkins: Glad you like them David smile
Nice one.
EJWilkins: Thanks Chantal
  • Dotun
  • United States
  • 15 Dec 2006, 14:10
very interesting nose rings, cool shot.
EJWilkins: Thanks Dotun smile
  • chris p
  • Great Britain (UK)
  • 15 Dec 2006, 15:44
Punk porkers grin
EJWilkins: grin
  • shiv
  • India
  • 15 Dec 2006, 15:47
the infamous pigs yet again...!
nice shot.
EJWilkins: Hi Shiv, there's only one more to come, glad you've liked these.
I love self portrait nice one Ellie smile just joking around, nice one !
EJWilkins: grin I wonder, should I submit this to Theme 10?
  • jo
  • 15 Dec 2006, 17:38
wow! i never knew that these kind of trivia about pigs smile nice photo! smile
EJWilkins: Hi Jo, there are whole websites devoted to pigs, full of all sorts of interesting things. Glad you like the picture.
  • Ginnie
  • United States
  • 15 Dec 2006, 19:15
HA! We sure are having great fun with your pigs, Ellie! Seeing them up close and personal like this just puts a big smile on my face. I especially love those big ears! smile
EJWilkins: My earlier reply must have been really awful, because it got me bounced! This particular picture makes me smile whenever I look at it, there's something about their expressions! Only one more to see.

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