Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by the websites you visit. Cookies allow us to identify you (or, more accurately, your computer) when you visit our website. Knowing how often people are visiting each page of our website helps us work out how and where to improve our website.
Types of cookie
Necessary cookies help make our website usable by enabling basic functions like page navigation and access to secure areas of the website. The website cannot function properly without these cookies.
Performance cookies help us understand how visitors interact with our websites by collecting and reporting information anonymously.
Marketing cookies are used to track visitors across websites. The intention is to display content and ads that are relevant and engaging for the individual user and thereby more valuable.
Persistent cookies and session cookies
Persistent cookies remain on a visitor’s device for a set amount of time. This means for example that we can identify when a site visitor is a repeat visitor or new to us.
Session cookies are created temporarily and last for as long as your browser window is open, being automatically deleted after you close your browser. These allow us to link the actions of a user during a visit to the website, to provide a consistent experience.
The cookies we use
_gat_gtag_UA_118780338_1 This cookie enables Google Analytics on our website. It expires in 1 minute.
_ga This is a Google Analytics cookie. It helps us monitor the use and performance of our website. It expires in 2 years.
_gid This is a Google Analytics cookie. It helps us monitor the use and performance of our website. It expires in 24 hours.
_fbp This cookie is used to provide you with more relevant advertising across Facebook. It expires in 3 months.
__cfduid Used by Cloudflare to identify individual clients behind a shared IP address and apply security settings on a per-client basis. It expires in 1 month.
ASP.NET_SessionId When a user browses to the website, a unique session ID will be associated with the user to keep track of any information that is stored for that session. This information is stored on the Web Server (known as storing information in session) and is identified via a GUID. The GUID is stored in the Cookie (known as the ASP.NET_SessionID) and is essential for any ASP.NET website to function correctly. If nothing is put in the session however, no cookie will be sent to the browser so this cookie will only be created when it is needed. This cookie will expire when the browsing session ends.
Control your cookie settings
If you want, you can block cookies by changing the settings on your browser – we have set out below links to the help pages of some major browsers which explain how you can do this. Blocking the cookies we use may have an adverse impact upon the presentation of some or all of our website.General guidance on how to manage your cookies can be found here:
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