These brilliant pictures show pigs wandering freely in the New Forest on the first day of pannage.
The domestic pigs are allowed to roam in the forest for a set period in the autumn and expected to feast on freshly fallen acorns.
It’s win-win for forest animals because green acorns are potentially dangerous to the ponies and cattle, which roam the forest for the majority of the year, if eaten in large quantities.
It’s not just acorns that the pigs will munch on from the forest floor but also beech mast, chestnuts and other nuts.
The gloriously playful pictures were taken near Burley in Hampshire as pannage – also known as Common of Mast – got under way.
The rest of the time, the pigs are kept in smallholdings by Commoners within the forest grounds.
This prevents them from messing up the floor while roaming.
But after seeing pictures like this, it’s got to be worth it.
Visitors are warned to look out for the pigs but not to approach them.
During pannage, bakeries and farm shops in the area are likely to sell piggy-shaped biscuits to celebrate the historic season.