Pannage - Mid September until Mid November
From around mid September until Mid November , it’s not an uncommon sight to see pigs roaming the New Forest. Pannage is the reason you will see them at this time of year roaming freely.
Pannage is the practice of releasing domestic pigs into a forest and goes all the way back to the time of William the Conqueror, who founded The New Forest in 1079.
The pigs have one job to do in the forest - to eat fallen acorns, beechmast, chestnuts and other nuts; green acorns in particular are poisonous to the New Forest ponies and cattle which roam the forest the majority of the year.