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Photograph: Jill Insley
We are surrounded by foxes: there is a smart-looking vixen sitting a couple of yards in front of us looking hungry, while an old dog fox is just to the right. Another couple are sitting on the road to the left and when I carefully look to the rear, there’s another squatted behind us. I know foxes are getting more confident around humans, but this is ridiculous.
We are at Pitsea landfill in Essex, a site run by Veolia Environmental Services and the location for part of the BBC’s Springwatch this year, with Chris Gomersall, who was staff photographer for the Royal Society for the Protection of Birds for 14 years. Gomersall is showing us how to make the most of wildlife photography opportunities in the hope that we can take a picture worthy of entering the next Veolia Environnement wildlife photographer of the year competition.
We start off on the landfill site itself, which is quite tricky. The background is a load of rubbish, quite literally, and not the plain canvas that is ideal for showing wildlife in its full glory, while the sky is a leaden grey colour. On the plus side the bulldozers keep obligingly putting the flocks of gulls into flight.