Information about our use of cookies

Our website uses seven cookies to distinguish you from other users of our website. This helps us to provide you with a good experience when you browse our website and also allows us to improve our site.

A cookie is a small file of letters and numbers that we store on your browser or the hard drive of your computer if you agree. Cookies contain information that is transferred to your computer's hard drive.

The cookies we use are "analytical" cookies. They allow us to recognise and count the number of visitors and to see how visitors move around the site when they are using it. This helps us to improve the way our website works, for example, by ensuring that users are finding what they are looking for easily.

You can find more information about the individual cookies we use and the purposes for which we use them in the table below:

Cookie Name Purpose More Information Expiry Date from set/update
Google Analytics _utma These cookies collect information about how visitors find and use our website by checking their IP address and from where they have linked to our site, the pages on our website that they have visited and the numbers of visitors to each page. This information is used to produce reports to improve our website. Any data collected by Google Analytics is anonymous and does not contain any personal details. For more information on Google Analytics cookies, please click here.

If you wish to opt out of Google Analytics for all websites, please click here.
_utma - 2 years
Google Analytics _utmb As above As above _utmb - 30 minutes
Google Analytics _utmz As above As above _utmz - 6 months
Google Analytics _utmc Used by Google Analytics to identify unique visitors vs. returning visitors. As above Not set - cleared on browser close.
this_scrollpos When a pop-up information window like this one you are reading now is displayed on a page this cookie stores the scrolled position of where you were positioned on the main webpage when the pop-up window is closed.   Cleared on browser close.
PHPSESSID This web site uses PHP web pages, which store information about the pages on our webserver in session variables. The PHPSESSID cookie is used by the web pages to show that a session variable has been created. As a PHP session cookie it does not store any information about you and cannot be removed by setting the button in the small, black Cookie Control panel to "Cookies are off".   Cleared on browser close.
civicAllowCookies This is the cookie stored by the small, black Cookie Control panel when a user agrees to have this website's cookies stored or removed.   3 Months.

Blocking and managing cookies

You can block cookies by activating the setting on your browser which allows you to refuse the setting of all or some cookies. If you use your browser settings to block all cookies (including essential cookies) you should still be able to access all of our website, but you may not be to access all or parts of other websites. Unless you have adjusted your browser setting so that it will refuse cookies, our system will issue cookies as soon you visit our site.

You can find out more information about how cookies work, how to delete and manage cookies at

Our cookies will expire after the periods set out in the table above.

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