Pannage: Introducing the Helpful Pigs of the New Forest

18th Sep 2017

Meet the helpful pigs of the New Forest who gather every autumn to help their fellow forest friends.

The pigs wander across the New Forest eating acorns as these are poisonous to the New Forest ponies. This process lasts a minimum of 60 days and is known as Pannage. Pigs can safely eat acorns as a large part of their diet however for ponies and cattle this food can make them unwell.

Introducing Pannage in the New Forest, Hampshire

So not to get too carried away, each pig has several rings attached to their nose to prevent them from rooting too much which can cause damage to the grassland.

Whilst Pannage is very helpful for the environment, it also makes for a great photo! Keep an eye out for our greedy little friends when you're next in the area!

Introducing Pannage, New Forest, Hampshire

Photography by The New Forest District Council


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Pannage Introducing the Helpful Pigs of the New Forest
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