is the appearance of pigs roaming free in the forest!
Pannage is the term used for just this occasion and dates way back to the Domesday book.
It is a commoners*right
to graze their pigs donkeys and whatnot in the wild.
*someone who lives within the new forest,
that's not everyone however, that would be silly!
The pigs scoff up all the acorns which has two benefits.
1. free pig fattening fodder
2. prevents ponies from eating the acorns which are poisonous to them.
We have seen them now for four years without fail.
They do fascinate me so!!