Privacy & Cookies

Privacy & Cookies [Last updated: 15 May 2018]

Our privacy policy and the way in which cookies are used on this website.

1. Privacy policy

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) manages this website on behalf of the WILDCOMS network. The CEH Privacy Policy sets out the basis on which any personal data we collect from you, or that you provide to us, will be processed by us.

With the exception of visit data collected using Google Analytics, or via web-based forms (including the site log in form if you have a user account), we do not capture personal information from persons using this website. We use Google Analytics software to monitor visits to this site. More information about Google Analytics is provided below.

This privacy policy covers only the website at Links from this site may take you to other websites that are not covered by this policy. Instead they should have their own privacy and cookie policies. 

2. Cookies

When we provide services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. Where services are delivered on the internet, this sometimes involves placing small amounts of information on your device, for example, computer or mobile phone. These include small files known as cookies. They cannot be used to identify you personally.

These pieces of information are used to improve services for you through, for example: enabling a service to recognise your device so you don't have to give the same information several times during one task; measuring how many people are using services, so they can be made easier to use and there's enough capacity to ensure they are fast.

You can manage these small files yourself (via your web browser settings) and learn more about them through advice on (external link).

2.1. Our use of cookies

Here we describe – to the best of our knowledge – cookies which may be set on your computer when you visit this site or use some the third-party plugins. Note that if you click a link or button which takes you to another site, cookies may be set by that website. These cookies are not described here.

2.2. Cookies for improving service

This site uses the Google Analytics service. Google Analytics sets cookies to help us accurately estimate the number of visitors to the website and volumes of usage. This allows us to ensure that the service is available when you want it and fast.


Name: _ga

Typical content: randomly generated number

Expires: 2 years


Name: _gid

Typical content: create unique value for each page visited

2 days