Devon’s historic Axmouth Harbour in the UK will undergo a three-phase programme of dredging work in coming months.
Local media reports the work to remove quantities of naturally accumulated silt is being carried out by the Axe Yacht Club in conjunction with the Axe Harbour Management Company.
The silt will be deposited in reception trenches on the adjacent beach.
The work, subject to approvals, is expected to be completed by March.
The natural harbour of the River Axe estuary was once the most important harbour in the west of England from the Iron Age to the Middle Ages. The estuary was tidal but deep enough to allow ships to navigate as far as Colyford.