A SOPHISTICATED piece of sonar equipment has been taking images of the bottom of a popular Dartmoor reservoir.

The results of the peep into the depths at Burrator – involving a multi-purpose unmanned surface vehicle (MUSV) – will be included in a Virtual Burrator project which aims to recreate and visualise what the Meavy Valley looked like before it was flooded in 1890.

The submarine survey will expose for the first time in more than 100 years a clutch of man-made features such as Drake’s Leat and the road to Sheepstor village over Sheepstor Bridge.

A project spokesman said: ‘To be able to use this amazing technology to help us recreate a landscape that has been lost forever is an incredible opportunity.’