Watch out – Pigs about

The Forestry Commission and New Forest Verderers have agreed that the pannage season will commence on 9th September 2013 and will end on 7th November 2013.

Pannage is the practice of turning out domestic pigs in a wood or forest in order that they may feed on fallen acorns, beech mast, chestnuts or other nuts. Historically, it was a right or privilege granted to local people on common land and it is still an important part of the New Forest’s ecology. It helps the husbandry of the other New Forest livestock – pigs can safely eat acorns as a large part of their diet, whereas excessive amounts are poisonous to ponies and cattle.

Deer can also consume acorns with immunity

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