What are cookies?
Cookies are small text files that are placed on your machine to help the site provide a better user experience. In general, cookies are used to retain user preferences, store information for things like shopping carts, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.
You can block cookies at any time but may lose some functionality of the site.
Cookies we use are categorised as follows:
Necessary cookies – cookies that are required for the operation of the website. They include cookies that enable you to log in to parts of the site.
Analytical cookies – These cookies enable us to recognise and count the number of visitors to the website and see how they use it. It helps us to improve the site and ensure our users can find what they are looking for easily.
Third Party cookies – These are used by third parties to enable their services to work correctly, for example google maps.
The cookies we use
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.
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.
How you can block cookies
As a rule, cookies will make your browsing experience better. However, you may prefer to disable cookies on this site and on others. The most effective way to do this is to disable cookies in your browser.
We suggest consulting the Help section of your browser or taking a look at the About Cookies website which offers guidance for all modern browsers here: https://www.aboutcookies.org/how-to-delete-cookies/
This policy was updated 21st May 2018 and is reviewed regularly.