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In this privacy policy and cookies document where the context so admits or requires words and expressions defined in our Legal Statements.


This site uses session cookies to enhance Your interaction with our site. Cookies are small text files that are placed on your computer by websites that you visit. A cookie will typically contain the name of the domain from which the cookie has come, the "lifetime" of the cookie, and a value, usually a randomly generated unique number. Cookies can help a website to arrange content to match your preferred interests more quickly. Most major websites use cookies. Cookies cannot be used by themselves to identify you.

Session cookies last only for the duration of Your visit and are deleted when you close your browser. These facilitate various tasks such as allowing a website to identify that a user of a particular device is navigating from page to page, supporting website security or basic functionality. They contain no personal information that can be used to identify you. If you are concerned about the potential use of information gathered from your computer by cookies, you can set your browser to prompt you before it accepts a cookie. Most Internet browsers have settings that let you identify and/or reject cookies.

Third party cookies

The site uses Google Analytics which generates statistics about visitors and visits to the Scotland's environment website.

These cookies enable the function of Google Analytics. This helps us take and analyse visitor information such as browser usage, new visitor numbers, response to marketing activity and server response times. That information helps us to improve the website and your application experience.

What if I don't want to accept cookies?

Changes to online privacy laws across the EU since May 2011 require consent for the use of cookies and other similar web technologies. The new legislation was introduced to help you choose whether or not to allow each website you to use cookies when you visit them. It is your right to choose if You give Your consent or not but you should be aware that in some cases you may not be able to use or see all the features of our Website, if you do not allow the use of cookies.

You can also visit for comprehensive information on how to block or restrict cookies on a wide variety of browsers. You’ll 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’ll need to refer to your handset manual.

Data protection, access to information and freedom of information

Where they are using personal data, the individual Scotland’s environment web partners have registered with the UK Information Commissioner and will only use personal data for the purposes set out in their notification as submitted to the Information Commissioner.

If you apply to Us for information we may pass your request to the most appropriate Partner Body to deal with that request. That Partner Body will use the information You supplied to answer Your query and for related purposes. This may include letting You know more about the work of the Partner Bodies. If you do not want Us to use Your information for related purposes You can contact Us to let us know.

Under the Data Protection Act 1998, You are entitled to request access to information held about You and You are entitled to ask Us to make any necessary changes to ensure that it is accurate and kept up to date.

Any of Us may be asked to release information under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

If You want further information from that which is on this Website You should approach whichever is the most relevant body with a request for information, which may be made under the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 or the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004

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