Terms of use

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Terms & Conditions

The Centre for Ecology & Hydrology (CEH) is a wholly owned Research Centre of the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC – referred to as "We" below). In entering our Site you as a user ("You") are accepting our terms and conditions outlined below.

The NERC and CEH trademarks and logos ("the Trademarks") used and displayed on this Site are registered trademarks of NERC in the UK and other countries, and may not be used without the prior written consent of the Trademark owner.

Using the CEH website

The CEH website is maintained for your personal use and viewing. The access and use of the website featuring these terms and conditions constitutes your acceptance of these terms and conditions. They take effect from the date on which you first use this website.

You agree to use this site only for lawful purposes, and in a manner that does not infringe the rights of, or restrict or inhibit the use and enjoyment of this site by any third party. Such restriction or inhibition includes, without limitation, conduct which is unlawful, or which may harass or cause distress or inconvenience to any person, and the transmission of obscene or offensive content or disruption of normal flow of dialogue within this site.

Information collected by us is used for internal review to:

  • improve the content of the CEH website;
  • customise the content and/or layout of CEH Web.

Information collected is not shared with other organisations. See our Cookies policy for more details.

For uses of data not related to website functionality, please read our Privacy Notice.

Linking to the CEH website

CEH welcomes and encourages other websites to link to the information that is hosted on these pages. You do not have to ask permission to link but wording and linking graphics can be requested if necessary.

Links from this site

  • Links from this site are not endorsed by CEH or NERC.
  • Links and frames connecting this site with other sites are for convenience only and do not mean that CEH or NERC endorses or approves those other sites, their content or the people who run them.
  • It is the responsibility of the Internet user to make their own decisions about the accuracy, currency, reliability and correctness of information found at sites linked from this website.

Virus protection

We make every effort to check and test material at all stages of production. It is always wise for you to run an anti-virus program on all material downloaded from the internet.

We cannot accept any responsibility for any loss, disruption or damage to your data or your computer system which may occur while using material derived from this website.

Information at this site

  • is general information provided as part of CEH's and NERC’s statutory role in publicising CEH's activities and disseminating information relating to its organisation;
  • is subject to the usual uncertainties of research;
  • is subject to change without notice;
  • should never be relied on as the basis for doing or failing to do something.

Disclaimer

All information provided by CEH on its website is made available to provide immediate access for the convenience of interested persons. While CEH believes the information to be reliable, human or mechanical error remains a possibility. Therefore, CEH does not guarantee the accuracy, completeness, timeliness, or correct sequencing of the information. Neither CEH, NERC nor any of the sources of the information shall be responsible for any errors or omissions, or for the use of or results obtained from the use of this information.

Copyright statement

By visiting the Centre for Ecology & Hydrology’s website and using the information available, you agree to the following: Copyright of the material, including images, available at this site is owned by the Natural Environment Research Council (NERC). All rights reserved. Visitors to the site may use information in the ways described in this legal notice:

  • you may download or print a single copy of NERC copyright material for research or personal use;
  • you must not change any of the material or remove any part of any copyright notice;
  • no information contained on the site may be used for commercial purposes, unless the NERC has given its prior written permission.

Further information

If you have a request or an enquiry about reproduction and rights, please write to enquiries@ceh.ac.uk

Freedom of Information

CEH is committed to openness, transparency and effective communication in our handling of all requests for information.

Under the Freedom of Information Act 2000 (FOIA) anyone can request information about what we do and how we do it. Some of our information falls under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004 (EIR), which provides broadly similar access rights to FOIA but relates specifically to information about the environment.

NERC, our parent body and the legal entity under the Act, operates a publication scheme in support of its commitments under FOI and EIR legislation. For more information, please click here.

To make a request under the Freedom of Information Act or Environmental Information Regulations, please email the Enquiries Supervisor on foi@ceh.ac.uk or write to:

Centre for Ecology & Hydrology 
Maclean Building  
Benson Lane 
Crowmarsh Gifford  
Wallingford 
Oxfordshire 
OX10 8BB  
Tel: +44 (0)1491 692371  
Email: foi@ceh.ac.uk

To help us, please outline your request as clearly as possible, providing any relevant dates, organisations or names, and tell us whether you would like to receive the information in hard copy or electronically.

We aim to answer all requests promptly and within the time limits set by law. You can find further details about your legal rights and requesting information on the Information Commissioner's Office website.

If you are unhappy with the way we handle your enquiry please follow our complaints procedure

We aim to provide as much information as possible free of charge, however we reserve the right to charge fees in accordance with the Freedom of Information & Data Protection (Appropriate Limit & Fees) Regulation 2004. CEH follows the current NERC guidance on charging under the Environmental Information Regulations 2004.

Cookies

Our use of cookies on the CEH website

When we provide web services, we want to make them easy, useful and reliable. 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; recognising that you may already have given a username and password so you don't need to do it for every web page requested; 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.

Information collected is not shared with other organisations.

Cookies used on our website

First-party cookies

These cookies are used to remember selections or preferences that you've already made when using our website.

JSESSIONID

Purpose: Used to maintain an anonymous user session by the server.

Expires: At the end of a session (when you close your browser).

has_js

Purpose: Used to indicate whether or not the visitors browser has JavaScript.

Expires: At the end of a session (when you close your browser).

cookie_agreed

Purpose: Indicates that user has agreed to accept cookies.

Expires: Three months

SSO_CEH

Purpose: Used by internal web editors to sign in to our editing system

__cfduid

Purpose: Identifies individual clients behind a shared IP address in order to apply security settings on a per-client basis.

Expires: At the end of a session

Drupal.tableDrag.showWeight

Purpose: Used to handle the consistent navigation of tabbed pages and forms across a range of different browsers.  It is set when you use pages where information appears in tabbed format.

Expires: One year.

Google Analytics

CEH 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.

_utma

Purpose: Used to distinguish between users and sessions.

Expires: Two years

_utmb

Purpose: Used to determine new sessions and visits.

Expires: Thirty minutes

_utmc

Purpose: Used in combination with the __utmb to identify new sessions / visits for returning visitors.

Expires: At the end of a session (when you close your browser).

_utmt

Purpose: Used to throttle the request rate for the service - limiting the collection of data on high traffic sites.

Expires: Ten minutes

_utmz

Purpose: Used to identify the source of traffic to the site - so Google Analytics can tell site owners where visitors came from when arriving on the site.

Expires: Six months

_gali

Purpose: Automatically differentiates between multiple links to the same URL on a single page.

Expires: At the end of a session

_gat

Purpose: Used to throttle request rate.

Expires: One minute.

For further details on the cookies set by Google Analytics, please refer to their information.

Third party services

The CEH website includes embedded 'share' buttons to enable users of the site to easily share articles with their friends and colleagues through a number of popular social networks, for example, Facebook, Twitter or Google+. These sites may set a cookie if you click through. CEH does not control the dissemination of these cookies and you should check the relevant third party website for more information about these.

When you sign up to the CEH newsletter, your information is hosted by our email supplier Mailchimp. It is not shared with any other party. Data is used for the purpose of sending emails and assessing activity on the emails we send. Data you provide us may be used for statistical reporting with the aim of continually improving our service to you.

Further information

Your web browser has settings which allow you to manage these small files yourself by removing or blocking cookies. Learn more about them through advice on the AboutCookies website.