Privacy Policy

Who we are

Our website address is:, you can contact our data administrator by e-mail at if you have any issues or questions regarding this policy or require any alterations or deletions of your data.

What personal data we collect and why we collect it


When visitors leave comments on the site we collect the data shown in the comments form, and also the visitor’s IP address and browser user agent string to help with spam detection.

An anonymized string created from your email address (also called a hash) may be provided to the Gravatar service to see if you are using it. The Gravatar service privacy policy is available here:

After approval of your comment, your profile picture (if you provided one on Gravatar) is visible to the public in the context of your comment.


If you upload images to the website, you should avoid uploading images with embedded location data (EXIF GPS) included. Visitors to the website can download and extract any location data from images on the website.

Contact forms

If you submit any content via our Contact Us form, you will need to provide at least your first name and an e-mail address – this is so that we may respond to your enquiry. The e-mail address will not be stored on our website nor in our database and will only be used for the purposes of replying to your message. After your enquiry is dealt with, your e-mail address will be stored in the e-mail client of whomever responds to your message but will not be used outside of the context of that enquiry and once your enquiry is dealt with, the conversation will be deleted.


If you leave a comment on our site you may opt-in to saving your name, email address and website in cookies. These are for your convenience so that you do not have to fill in your details again when you leave another comment. These cookies will last for one year.

If you have an account and you log in to this site, we will set a temporary cookie to determine if your browser accepts cookies. This cookie contains no personal data and is discarded when you close your browser.

When you log in, we will also set up several cookies to save your login information and your screen display choices. Login cookies last for two days, and screen options cookies last for a year. If you select “Remember Me”, your login will persist for two weeks. If you log out of your account, the login cookies will be removed.

If you edit or publish an article, an additional cookie will be saved in your browser. This cookie includes no personal data and simply indicates the post ID of the article you just edited. It expires after 1 day.

2 further cookies are stored on your computer which enable us to identify if you return to us later. These cookies do not identify you personally to us, and are used by our in house analytics software to show us trends such as how many people return to our site within certain periods of time. These cookies will not follow you to any other site and cannot be used to identify you. See the section below on Analytics / Marketing for further information. These two cookies are prefixed with _pk and last for one year.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.). Embedded content from other websites behaves in the exact same way as if the visitor has visited the other website.

These websites may collect data about you, use cookies, embed additional third-party tracking, and monitor your interaction with that embedded content, including tracing your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Analytics / Marketing

When someone visits we use a third party service, Google Analytics, to collect standard internet log information and details of visitor behaviour patterns. We do this to track things such as the number of visitors to the various parts of the site and interactions with the site. This information is processed in a way which does not identify anyone. We do not make, and do not allow Google to make, any attempt to find out the identities of visitors to our website. no longer uses Google Analytics for any details of visitor patterns or the number of visitors to the site. Indeed, we no longer use Google Analytics for anything on this site and the code for this will no longer load. We use our own internal analytics system which takes anonymised data and cannot be traced to you at all.

This site also uses the Facebook Pixel code which measures your activity with the site. We do not have access to any personal information from this and we cannot identify you through this. We will not create any custom audiences from any details you have shared with us and as such Facebook is considered to be the Data Controller and Data Processor. Should you not wish Facebook to use this information to provide you with a customised advertising experience (and thus not share you website visit with them) you can do so at

This site no longer uses any Facebook Pixel code to measure your activity with the site.

We use the SendPulse web browser push notification plugin to alert users, who explicitly opt-in, when new content is published on this site. We do not hold any personally identifiable information regarding your opt-in and all data relating to this feature is operated and controlled by SendPulse. You can view their privacy policy, including details of how to opt out again, at


In order to help us with the running costs of this site, we do employ the services of Google’s AdSense to show you advertisements. If you are in the EEA (European Economic Area) you are covered by the General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR) and since we feel that the notion of putting up a ‘This site uses Cookies’ permission box is just annoying, we don’t allow Google to use personally identifying cookies for anyone in the EEA.

What this means is that you won’t see adverts that are targetted to your interests, except where those interests can also be inferred by the fact that you are visiting our site. So it does mean that the advertising may be a little less relevant to you, but the plus side of this is that Google isn’t tracking your visits to work out what you like.

Google do however place a couple of cookies during your visit to this site – they cannot be used to personally identify you and are not linked into your Google Activity. Google places them purely to ensure they don’t send you the same advertisments more than the alloted times.

If you would like to contribute to the running costs of this site without seeing ads, we recommend the excellent ‘Brave Browser‘ and we are registered with Brave as verified content creators – so you can donate your BAT’s to us if you like our content 🙂

Newsletter Subscription

Our newsletter service is provided by SendPulse. In order to receive our e-mail newsletter you will need to agree to SendPulse storing your first name (for customization purposes) and your e-mail address in order to enable us to send you notifications.

The subscription mechanism requires you to initially opt-in through a pop up form, whereupon you provide the information listed above. You will then receive a confirmation e-mail to the designated e-mail address. If you ignore this e-mail you will not be added to our newsletter mailing list and NO data about you will be stored. If you do confirm your e-mail address you agree to your e-mail address and first name being stored on the SendPulse servers in order to provide you with the requested service.

Your e-mail address and first name will not be sold or used in any way by SendPulse except for providing the service of sending you occasional newsletter articles from us. You can view the full SendPulse privacy policy at

You are under no obligation to receive our newsletter and no features or articles on this site will be limited access whether or not you subscribe. You may unsubscribe at any time which will remove your data from SendPulse’s servers immediately. Unsubscription links are provided at the bottom of any and every e-mail newsletter sent.


If you purchase our eBook, Bearded Dragons: The Essential Guide, in order to fulfil your order we will require at the very least your e-mail address in order to e-mail you a link to download the eBook. The form will also request your mailing address to help reduce credit card fraud. Credit card payments, and the privacy implications of this is detailed below.

We also use the services of both PayPal and Stripe to process your payments. No credit card or payment information is received or stored by us, it is all done directly with these payment providers. Stripe’s privacy centre provides links to all relevant information regarding their policies and is available at PayPal’s privacy policy will vary depending on the country in which you are registered with PayPal but can be found by logging in to your PayPal account and searching for Privacy Policy.

Who we share your data with

We do not share your data with anyone, except as required by law – and this will require a subpoena / court order.

How long we retain your data

If you leave a comment, the comment and its metadata are retained indefinitely. This is so we can recognize and approve any follow-up comments automatically instead of holding them in a moderation queue.

For users that register on our website (if any), we also store the personal information they provide in their user profile. All users can see, edit, or delete their personal information at any time (except they cannot change their username). Website administrators can also see and edit that information.

What rights you have over your data

If you have an account on this site, or have left comments, you can request to receive an exported file of the personal data we hold about you, including any data you have provided to us. You can also request that we erase any personal data we hold about you. This does not include any data we are obliged to keep for administrative, legal, or security purposes.

Where we send your data

Visitor comments and their e-mail address and IP address may be checked through an automated spam detection service. This is used for fraud prevention and spam protection which degrades our website service.

Our contact information

You can get in touch with us to request an export of your personal data by e-mailing

Please be aware, you will not have any personal data held by us unless you have left a comment on the website, or have explicitly signed up for an account with us.