Privacy & Cookies
In accordance with the Data Protection Act, this policy gives you information about how Somerset Wildlife Trust treats personal information received from our website visitors.
What is personal information?
Personal information is defined as information about you that is personally identifiable such as your title, name, address, email address and phone number.
Information collection and use
We collect visitor information in the following section of the Somerset Wildlife Trust website:
- Join us - If you join online your details will be stored so that your subscription can be renewed and so that we may contact you.
- eBulletin - your details will be stored for as long as you subscribe to the eBulletin.
- Online enquiry forms, including our volunteering enquiry form.
- Online shop
Please note where ever we collect personal information it will be processed fairly and lawfully. We respect your privacy and will not rent, sell or share personal information about you with other people or non-affiliated companies without your permission.
We don't sell, trade or rent your personal information to others. This information will not be disclosed to any third party without your consent unless required by law.
The Data Protection Act allows you to have access to information held about you and, where appropriate, to have it corrected or deleted. There is a maximum charge of £10 for providing a copy. Visitors to our website responding to advertisements should satisfy themselves that they know how their personal information will be used.
You have the right to request a copy of the personal information we hold about you. Please note that, in accordance with the Data Protection Act, a £10 admin fee is applicable. For further information, please contact us via email on or telephone 01823 652400.
We may update this policy from time to time. Please check this page regularly for notification of any significant changes in the way we treat your personal information.
This website is operated by Somerset Wildlife Trust, 34 Wellington Road, Taunton, Somerset, TA1 5AW. Reg charity: 238372
The Somerset Wildlife Trust website cookie
The Somerset Wildlife Trust website uses a “session cookie” to identify your browser “session” as you move between pages on the website and perform activities. The cookie is named c2somersetwildlife2013_wmd7x94ejy3 and will last for 3 months.
The website cookie allows our website to recognise each subsequent request from your browser as being the same browser that made the initial request to our website.
By knowing that each subsequent request is related to the first, our website is able to track your actions as you move around the website and to provide interactive features. By analysing how our website is being used in general, we can improve the website experience for future visitors. Should you experience any problems in using our website, our website developers may be able to use this information to track down your specific “user journey” and investigate and fix any issues that might arise.
The cookie itself is a very small text file that is stored on your device (for example, your PC or your phone) by your web browser. It contains a simple text code that your browser sends back to our website each time you browse to a new page. This allows the website to look up your specific session and associate data for that session with your browser. The data itself is not stored in your cookie but on the server(s) operating the website.
Each page on our website is generated by a sophisticated Content Management System (CMS). This system provides a number of interactive features where your experience may be tailored according to your past activity on the website. Such features require the “session cookie” to operate.
The session cookie provides the ability for you to log on to our website using your unique user name (or e-mail address) and password.
The session cookie provides the means to remember that you have submitted a form so that you are not asked to re-submit it.
The session cookie provides the means to remember the products you have selected for purchase, to identify which stage you are at in the checkout process, to associate the personal information you have entered with your order and your last selected delivery address.
The session cookie provides the means to remember whether you have ‘like’d our Facebook page.
As we improve our website over time, similar and more advanced features may be added that also require a “session cookie” to operate.
Google Analytics collects information anonymously; it reports website trends without identifying individual visitors. The cookies store information such as the number of visits to the website and what site referred the visitor to the web page. We use the information to view reports about how visitors interact with the website and to help us improve the website. A different set of cookies is used for each website, and visitors are not tracked across multiple sites.
Information about these cookies and how to reject or delete them: http://www.google.co.uk/intl/en/analytics/privacyoverview.html and http://www.google.com/intl/en/policies/privacy/ads/#toc-analytics.
To opt out of being tracked by Google Analytics across all websites visit http://tools.google.com/dlpage/gaoptout.
How to control and delete cookies
You may restrict or block the cookies which are set by the Somerset Wildlife Trust website, or any other website, by referring to the ‘Help’ option on the menu bar of your browser. This will tell you how to prevent your browser from accepting new cookies; notify you when you receive new cookies; and disable cookies altogether.
To find out more about cookies and how to manage them, visit www.aboutcookies.org.
Please be aware that restricting cookies may impact on the functionality of the Somerset Wildlife Trust website.
Local Shared Objects (Flash Cookies)
The Somerset Wildlife Trust website uses Adobe Flash Player to provide video content. Local Shared Objects (commonly known as Flash Cookies) may be used to improve user experience, for example to save your playback preferences. Flash Cookies are similar to cookies, however they are managed differently.
How to disable Flash Cookies:
Information on how to disable and delete Flash Cookies is provided on the Adobe website at http://www.adobe.com/products/flashplayer/security.
Your experience of the Somerset Wildlife Trust website may be affected if you restrict the use of Flash Cookies.
If you have any queries regarding cookies used on this site, please telephone 01823 652400 or email
Social Media Policy
We are committed to creating a community that encourages self-expression and mirrors the values of Somerset Wildlife Trust including respect for the rights, dignity, and property of others. We ask all our supporters to do their part to help us achieve this goal. In doing that, we ask you not to post content that:
- is threatening, abusive, obscene, indecent, or objectionable.
- is deceptive, false, or misleading
- violates the intellectual property rights of other people
- is illegal
- references a third party website or is self-promoting spam
- is inappropriate, offensive, or hateful
We reserve the right to remove any content or block users that violate our community guidelines, or that we determine are otherwise offensive to our community. All content must also comply with Facebook's policies as well.
We would be sorry to see you go, but if you change your mind and no longer want to like our page, please feel free to "unlike" our page.
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