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.
Google preferences cookie (NID): Set by Google because we use a plugin like an embedded YouTube video. Contains a unique ID Google uses to remember your preferences and other information, such as your preferred language (e.g. English) and whether or not you wish to have Google’s SafeSearch filter turned on.
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 and Marketing Cookies
Statistical 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.
Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. They are used to display ads that are relevant and engaging to you.
Call Tracking Metrics cookies (ct148170, _ctmid): Used to link a user’s call to the marketing channel that they originated from. It expires in 60 days.
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. More information.
Google Analytics throttling cookie (_gat_[AnalyticsID]): Set by Google Analytics to throttle the request rate. More information.
Google Ads tracking cookie (_gac_[property-id]): Stores campaign information in order to provide Google Ads with a more reliable way to measure the interactions you have with our business.
Google account tracking cookies (APISID, ANID, SAPISID, HSID, SID, SIDCC, SSID, SEARCH_SAMESITE and CONSENT): Set by Google because we use a plugin like an embedded YouTube video. Only set if you are logged into your Google account. Used to help customise adverts on Google properties, such as Google Search. You will have agreed to this arrangement as part of signing up for a Google account.
Facebook pixel (_fbp, fr, datr, dpr, wd): If you have a Facebook account, these cookies collect data to let us use Facebook pixel advertising features such as audiences, conversions, targeting and optimisation as well as Facebook Analytics data.
DoubleClick cookie (IDE): Used by Google to make advertising more engaging to users and more valuable to publishers and advertisers. This may include selecting advertising based on what’s relevant to a user and avoiding showing ads the user has already seen.
How to change your cookie settings
To delete cookies already set, clear your browsing data/history using the browser tools.
Google Analytics cookies
To opt-out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites, visit: http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout
Google account cookies
Google account tracking cookies are only set if you are logged into your Google account, so log out of your account to stop them from being set.
To prevent Facebook tracking cookies from being set, you can adjust your settings in your Facebook account: https://www.facebook.com/help/568137493302217
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.