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Cookies in use with this site

General:

If you click the ‘accept cookies’ option when you first visit our website, a cookie is placed on your computer, so that you don’t get asked the question again. This cookie lasts for 1 month after which you’ll be requested to accept the cookie policy on your next visit to this site.

If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

Session Cookies:

If you sign up to our newsletter, a session cookie is added to your device, so the site knows you have already submitted the form. This cookie stays on your computer until you close your web browser or a few hours have passed.

Similarly, if you complete one of our other forms, such as our contact, volunteering  or ‘become a friend’ form, a session cookie will be placed on your device.

External Cookies:

If you go to our contact page, google cookies will be placed on your computer. Our contact form uses a hidden test to make sure form submissions are from ‘humans’ and not spam / scamming robots. Google’s Recaptcha does this by analysing your behaviour on the page and by information to do with your browser settings etc. This does not include any direct personal information, or the content of the form you submit to us.
Google’s Privacy Policy is here.

Site visitors with accounts:

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.