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Cookie policy

This site uses cookies – 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 baskets, and provide anonymised tracking data to third party applications like Google Analytics.

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. Find out more about how to manage cookies.

What cookies do we use?

Strictly necessary cookies


WordPress is the Content Management System (CMS) we use to build our website. The cookies that it generates are strictly necessary for our websites to run.

PHPSESSIDPreserves user session state across page requestsEnd of session
wordpress_test_cookieUsed to check if the user’s browser supports cookiesEnd of session
wordpress_sec_2895c52f8effb96dc69c55a97f37a995WordPress uses to determine whether a user is logged in or not 
wp-saving-postCreated when auto-saving a post in the editor 
__utmliTries to distinguish clicks on links to the same destination in the in-page analysesEnd of session
accesscontrastColour and font selection whilst using the accessibility setting in the gelEnd of session
accessfontColour and font selection whilst using the accessibility setting in the gelEnd of session
cookies_lhc.js End of session

Functional cookies

pdb_wp_asessionUsed to enable the feed hygiene search form30 minutes
CookieConsentStores the user’s cookie consent state for the current domain1 year

Performance cookies

Measuring website usage (Google Analytics)

Google Analytics stores information about what pages you visit, how long you are on the site, how you got here and what you click on.

We do not collect or store your personal information (for example, your name or address) so this information cannot be used to identify who you are and we do not share or allow Google to use our analytics data.

Google Analytics sets the following cookies:

Universal Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_ga Registers a unique ID that is used to generate statistical data on how the visitor uses the website 2 years
_gat Used to manage the rate at which page view requests are made End of session
_gid Stores and updates a unique value for each page visited End of session

Google Analytics

Name Purpose Expires
_utma Collects data on the number of times a user has visited the website as well as dates for the first and most recent visit 2 years
_utmb Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user accessed the website 30 minutes
_utmc Registers a timestamp with the exact time of when the user leaves the website when you close your browser
_utmt Used to throttle the speed of requests to the server End of session
_utmv Used to store visitor level custom variable data  
_utmz Collects data on where the user came from, what search engine was used, what link was clicked and what search term was used. 6 months
_utm.gif Tracking Code that logs details about the visitor’s browser and computer. End of session

You can opt out of Google Analytics cookies.