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Cookies are then sent back to the originating website on each subsequent visit, or to another website that recognises that cookie. Cookies are useful as they allow a website to recognise a user’s device. Find out more about cookies.

Cookies do lots of different jobs, like letting you navigate between pages efficiently, remembering your preferences, and generally improve the user experience. Cookies can also help to ensure the marketing you see online is more relevant to you and your interest. We will not use cookies to collect personally identifiable information about you. However, if you wish to restrict or block the cookies which are set by this website, you can do so in our browser settings. The help function within your browser should tell you how.

Alternatively, you may wish to visit About Cookies 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 as well as more general information about cookies. For information on how to do this on the browser of your mobile phone you will need to refer to your handset manual. The cookies we use on the Derbyshire Observatory are:

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This cookie is essential. The main technology running most of the website (pages with file names ending in .aspx) sets a session marker to identify you whilst you are browsing our site. No personal information is stored. This cookie is deleted when you close your browser.

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These cookies are used to collect information about how visitors use our site. We use the information to compile reports and to help us improve the site. The cookies collect information in an anonymous form, including the number of visitors to the site, where visitors have come to the site from and the pages they visited. It also allows us to track if people have completed a conversion on site, allowing us to improve our marketing.

Further information: Google Analytics – privacy overview or visit: Cookies set by Google Analytics

You can choose to opt out of Google Analytics on all websites by using the Google Analytics opt-out browser add-on.

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These cookies are used to control the appearance of the cookies information banner. They are set on arrival to the site by default and expire after a set time and is not set again unless a user changes their cookie settings.

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