This autumn is a bumper year for acorns in the New Forest. Oak trees have produced more acorns than usual, one of nature’s mysterious events known as ‘masting’. This means that pigs are, exceptionally for 2017, allowed to roam free in the forest for #pannage until 17th December! This is a natural phenomenon where some tree species produce very large crops of seeds in some years, compared to almost none in others. #NewForest #pigs #acorns #autumn #special

October 24, 2017 at 09:42PM This autumn is a bumper year for acorns in the New Forest. Oak trees have produced more acorns than usual, one of nature’s mysterious events known as ‘masting’. This means that pigs are, exceptionally for 2017, allowed to roam free in the forest for #pannage until 17th December!

This is a natural phenomenon where some tree species produce very large crops of seeds in some years, compared to almost none in others. #NewForest #pigs #acorns #autumn #special

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