It's a home to seals and famous for shipwrecks. And now conservations are battling plans to dredge the Goodwin Sands.
The stretch of sandbanks lies six miles off the Deal coastline and the decision to extract sand and gravel to develop Dover's western docks has come under attack by campaigners who say it could endanger marine life.
Dover Harbour Board insists their marine studies show the option has "least overall environmental impact". Sarah Saunders spoke to Bryony Chapman of the Kent Wildlife Trust; and campaigners Esme Chilton and Joanna Thomson