Cookie Policy

Most websites use cookies to improve user experience by enabling the website to ‘remember’ the user, either for the duration of their visit (using a ‘session cookie’) or for repeat visits (using a ‘persistent cookie’).

What is a cookie?

A cookie is a small file which is placed on your computer’s hard drive. The file helps us analyse data about our web page traffic and improve our website to tailor it to customer needs. We only use this information for statistical analysis purposes.

Types of cookies used

Most cookies encountered when browsing this website are considered ‘third party’ cookies. This simply means the web site has used a feature supplied by an external provider, such as Google Analytics or Google Maps which sets the cookie. Third party cookies are not inherently more or less risky than first party cookies. The only thing to bear in mind is that the external provider, not this website, determines what type of information is stored and how it is used.

The most common type of cookie used on our web site is set by Google Analytics, which provides anonymous statistical data to us to show usage trends and to aid in making decisions about what types of content are most popular.

A cookie in no way gives us access to your computer or any information about you, other than the data you choose to share with us. You can choose to accept or decline cookies. Most web browsers automatically accept cookies, but you can usually modify your browser setting to decline cookies if you prefer.

Google Analytics

Most web pages contain a Google Analytics tracking code to record anonymous information about the date and time of your visit, the type of browser used, approximate geographic location and the URL of any page that led this web site. That information is aggregated and used by us to identify usage trends on our site and to make decisions about which content is most popular.

Twitter

Twitter uses cookies and other similar technologies, such as pixels or local storage, to measure the effectiveness of advertisements and provide personalised content.

We use Twitter buttons on some of our pages to link through to the corresponding Twitter feed and the cookies are used to measure how effective these buttons are and how you might get to Twitter.


Cookies in use by this website

Cookie NamePurpose
__gaUsed by Google Analytics to help us track visitor usage and optimise our site for the best visitor experience
__gidUsed by Google Analytics to collect anonymous statistics such as number of visitors, pages visited, etc
__gat_gtg_UA_xxxxxUsed by Google Analytics as a persistent cookie to help uniquely distinguish (but not personally identify) users
Cookies for Admin users onlyPurpose
wordpress_test_cookieUsed to check whether your web browser is set to allow or reject cookies
wordpress_xxxxxUses to store your authentication details, and their use is limited to the admin console area
wordpress_logged_in_xxxxxUsed to indicate when you are logged in and who you are – required to be able to use the interface
wp-settings-xxxxx,wp-settings-time-xxxxxUsed to customise your view of admin interface and the main site interface

Where can I find out more about cookies?

To find out more about cookies, visit allaboutcookies.org

You can opt out of cookie-based advertisements from many advertising platforms by visiting ‘Your online choices’ and switching off behavioural advertising from the organisations of your choice.

What to do if you don’t want cookies to be set

In order to not receive cookies, you can modify the browser so that it notifies you when cookies are sent to it, or you can refuse cookies altogether. You can also delete cookies that have already been set. Please note that disabling cookies can affect your online experience of the site.

You can restrict or block web browser cookies set on your device through editing your browser settings; the browser Help function gives full instructions. Alternatively, you can visit About cookies, which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of desktop browsers.