Cookie policy

What are cookies?

This website, along with most other major websites, uses cookies. A cookie is a piece of information that the website transfers to the cookie file on your computer's hard disk.

Two types of cookies are used on this website:

  • Session Cookies. These are temporary cookies, which only exist until you close the browser you are using to access the website.
  • Persistent Cookies. These are cookies, which remain in your cookie file after you have visited our website. These cookies help us identify you when you return to our site.

What do we use cookies for?

None of the cookies used on our websites collect personally identifiable information about you.

We employ cookies for the following purposes:

  • Maintaining user preferences. If our website has a link to allow you to view the site with a larger font size or without images for improved accessibility then a cookie will be set to allow that preference to remain between page visits and on your future return to the website.
  • Online shopping. In order to retain the list of products in your shopping basket a cookie is required to identify you on each visit to the store.
  • Monitoring our website traffic. We use Google Analytics, a popular web analytics service provided by Google. Google Analytics uses cookies to help us to analyse how users use the site. Find our more about how these cookies are used visit the Google Privacy site
  • To allow certain functions and to help you navigate the website efficiently
  • Session management

Cookies set by this site

Cookie name Cookie type Purpose of cookie
PHPSESSID Session This cookie is used by the PHP scripting language to allow SESSION variables to be saved on the webserver. This cookie is essential for the operation of this website.
graphics_mode Persistent If you choose not to view this website with images then this choice is saved in the graphics_mode cookie until you opt to swich the display of images back on
font_size Persistent This cookie allows you to specify what size you would like to view the text and allows your browser to remember this choice.
ichCookieAuth Persistent This cookie allows us to track your preference for our use of cookies. It allows us to block certains cookie based functions and to only display the cookie preference bar on your first visit to the site. This cookie is essential for the operation of this website

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Persistent These cookies are set by Google to allow us to track the use of the site. These cookies are not set if you switch off cookies for this site.

Further information about cookies can be found at the Interactive Advertising Bureau's website

Cookies set by Third Party sites

The content of this website is updated regularly, and we may embed content from websites such as:

  • YouTube
  • Vimeo
  • Flickr
  • AmMap
  • Twitter
  • Facebook
  • SurveyMonkey

As a result, when you visit a page with content embedded from any of these services you may be presented with cookies from these websites. This website, the website owners and the website and software developers do not control the dissemination of these cookies. You should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

How to control and delete cookies

We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. You can use the cookie bar at the top of this site to allow or block any non essential cookies however, if you wish to restrict or block all the cookies which are set by us, or indeed any other website, you can do this through your browser settings. The Help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit which contains comprehensive information on how to do this on a wide variety of browsers. You will also find details on how to delete cookies from your computer (including those from this visit) as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile device you will need to refer to your handset manual.