VISITORS travelling to the New Forest for the next six weeks might spot a historic tradition.

Commoners practise their right of mast by turning pigs out each autumn for six weeks as part of 'pannage season'.

The event – which begins today – allows the creatures to hoover up fallen acorns, which are poisonous to ponies and cattle.

This acorn diet gives pannage pork a full flavour.

Anyone who spots the pigs is asked not to approach or touch the creatures.