Cookies Policy

What are cookies?

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we put on your computer. These cookies allow us to distinguish you from other users of the website which helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site. To find out more about cookies, visit www.allaboutcookies.org. Below is more about the individual cookies we use and how to recognise them.

Cookies we use

Strictly Necessary Cookies

These cookies are placed on your browser to ensure the website delivers you information and services securely and optimally. You must accept these essential cookies as the website cannot function properly without them.

Cookie notice plugin cookie (cookie_notice_accepted): Records if the visitor has accepted the cookie consent box.

Cookie test (wordpress_test_cookie): Used by WordPress to check if the user’s browser supports cookies.

Comment details cookies (comment_author_[hash], comment_author_email_[hash], comment_author_url_[hash]): Only set if you leave a comment and select “Save my name, email, and website in this browser for the next time I comment.” Set by our website to track your name, email and URL. More information: wordpress.org

These cookies are only set if you log in to our website:

  • WordPress cookies (wp-settings-[user_id], wordpress_sec_[hash], wordpress_logged_in_[hash]): Allows you to authenticate and perform account related functions. No information is passed to a third-party, and passwords are encrypted. More information: wordpress.org
  • Wordfence cookies (wfwaf-authcookie-[hash], wf_loginalerted_[hash]): Essential for keeping the site secure. Authenticates your login request and notifies the website admin when an administrator logs in from a new device or location. No information is passed to a third-party. More information: wordfence.com

Statistical Cookies

Statistic cookies help us (the website owner) to understand how visitors interact with our website by collecting and reporting information anonymously. We use the information to compile reports to help us improve the website.

Google Analytics tracking cookies (_ga, _gid): Set by Google Analytics to register a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how you use our website, including the number of visitors to the website, where visitors have come from and the pages they visited. Read Google’s overview of privacy and safeguarding data

Google Analytics throttling cookie (_gat_[AnalyticsID]): Set by Google Analytics to throttle the request rate.

Marketing Cookies

Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. They are used to display ads that are relevant and engaging to you.

Google plugin tracking cookies (1P_JAR and NID): Set by Google while visiting our site as we use plugins like an embedded Google Map or YouTube video. They are used to help customise adverts on Google properties, such as Google Search. We embed videos using YouTube’s privacy-enhanced mode. This mode may set cookies on your computer once you click on the YouTube video player, but YouTube will not store personally-identifiable cookie information for playbacks of embedded videos using the privacy-enhanced mode. Read more at YouTube’s embedding videos information page.

Google account tracking cookies (APISID, ANID, SAPISID, HSID, SID, SIDCC, SSID, SEARCH_SAMESITE and CONSENT): Set by Google while visiting our site as we use plugins like an embedded Google Map or YouTube video. Only set if you are logged into your Google account. You will have agreed to this arrangement as part of signing up for a Google account. They are used to help customise adverts on Google properties, such as Google Search.

How to change your cookie settings

Cookie control tool

You can revoke non-essential, first-party cookies on our website by clicking this button then clicking “Deny cookies” in the pop-up: Change cookie settings

Existing cookies

To clear cookies that have previously been placed on your browser, in your browser select the option to clear your browsing history and ensure that the option to delete or clear cookies is included when you do so.

Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on

To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit: https://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout

Browser settings

You may block all cookies (including third-party cookies) by changing your browser settings, but if you do you may not be able to use every feature on this site. Find out how to manage cookies on popular browsers:

To find information relating to other browsers, visit the browser developer’s website.