Privacy Policy

Laura J P Richardson is an independent Photographer, Blogger and Communicator. This website provides informative and entertaining articles about the natural world, travel and eco-living among other subjects. At times, it will provide or advertisements for the sales of prints, digital downloads, online courses and other resources.

This website collects certain personal data, some of which may be stored if appropriate or legally necessary, to carry out certain behind the scene tasks and to ensure that visitors have the best experience. 

In the following privacy policy for “we” and “our” refers to the data controller of this website, Laura J P Richardson, and any staff hired within her business who may have access to this website and share this responsibility.

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This page may be updated without notice. Please check back to ensure you are aware of any changes.

In Summary: Our Fair Processing Policy

When you visit this website for the first time, you will choose whether or not to accept cookies. The information collected by cookies can be used by us, and other applications we are using on this site. For example: cookies track which web pages you visit, how long you view them for, what you clicked or searched for to find the website and roughly where you are from geographically (usually regional, never an exact location). Collecting and storing this information allows us to view reports that tell us what is working on the website and what is not, therefore giving you, the viewer, a better experience in the future and allowing our business and website to grow effectively.

You will have to provide further, more specific information if you wish to take more action on this website, such as leaving a comment, signing up to a mailing list or getting in contact with us via email or via a contact form. When you do this you agree that we may collect and store the information you provide to us as long as it is relevant to our business, or as long as is legally necessary - whichever is longer. This information usually includes your name and email address at minimum, plus any other information or comment you opt to provide us with. By opting to share this information with us, you allow us to respond to your emails and inquiries and track results so we can develop this website and business. With your express permission only, given either in writing or by signing up using embedded sign-up forms, we will use the information you provide us to send you relevant promotional information or resources in the form of an email newsletter.

You have the right to access, change and delete your data from this website at any time. Email if this is something you wish to do.

You have the right to opt out of our email newsletter at anytime. You also have the right to update your subscription information. You can do this by emailing but for the quickest results we suggest clicking either the “unsubscribe” or “manage preferences” links at the bottom of any of the emails we send you. To see the full list of your online rights, click here.

For our full Privacy Policy please read the information below. If you have any further questions do not hesitate to email

This website uses third-party service providers. These sites will have their own Privacy Policies. We encourage you to read these before using their services.

What personal information we collect:

If relevant, personal information connected to our services will be collected and processed. When you contact us or arrange to use a service, we may need to process your name, email address or other details to allow the service or contact to be provided. We will keep records of this communication where it is a legitimate interest to our business or legally necessary. We will process information related to the products or services you purchase from us or have shown interest in. In addition, we may process information in connection with marketing and analysing, to ensure we can target offers or services that are of greatest interest to you.

How and why we collect it, what we use it for:

Some basic information is automatically collected as you navigate this website. We collect this information using tools such as WordPress and Google Analytics. By collecting this information, we are able to make improvements to our website and business, and plan future posts or products based on the wants and needs of our audience.


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

An anonymised 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 is visible to the public in the context of your comment. Visitor comments may be checked through an automated spam detection service.

Contact forms

When visitors opt to use one of our contact forms, the information they choose to share is sent to the owner of the website. This information is used to assess your enquiry, manage any purchases you have made from us, and any other activities related to a business matter between the business and the visitor. The information is stored in a secure, password protected email account and some information may be stored in a password protected online document or as a hard-copy in a secure location for accounting purposes. This information will be kept until a time where it is no longer relevant or legally needed.

Blog Alert Form

When visitors opt to sign-up for our Blog alerts, the information they provide is processed by the website host WordPress. They will then receive email alerts whenever a new blog post is published to the website. The information is stored securely within WordPress and can be updated or removed at anytime by clicking the links at the bottom of these emails.

Newsletter Mailing List

When visitors opt to sign-up for our email newsletter, using one of the embedded or pop-up forms, the information they choose to share is sent to the newsletter service that deals with the website’s newsletter. This mailing list is used to update subscribes about products, services, posts, articles, information or resources that we believe is is of interest to them.

Our mailing list is created and managed through MailChimp. The data they receive will be stored securely within the MailChimp account associated with Laura J P Richardson. To ensure critical services such as the prevention of abuse are met, MailChimp may share relevant personal data with it’s sub-processors, as outlined in their Data Processing Agreement. MailChimp is GDPR compliant. You can read the MailChimp privacy policy here.


When you email us, the information you send is kept in a secure, password email account until it is no longer needed. Some information may be stored in a password protected online document or as a hard-copy in a secure location for accounting purposes.

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. If you would like to view the personal date we hold about you, or request it is erased, please email

Sign-up Information:  

Blog Alerts: To modify your details, or unsubscribe from blog alerts, subscribers can click the “Subscription Options” link at the bottom of any blog post email, including their original sign-up confirmation.

Newsletter: To modify your details, or unsubscribe from the newsletter, subscribers can click the “update your preferences” or “unsubscribe” links which appear at the bottom of every mailing. Subscribers can also request this in writing via email to We recommend using the links in the emails as this method is much faster. 

How we secure your data:

Your data will be secured on password-protected websites, documents and email accounts.

This website uses third-party service providers:

These sites will have their own Privacy Policies which we encourage you to read before using their services.

MailChimp: Used for storing your sign-up information, distributing emails and tracking your use of those emails (e.g. when you open an email, what you click within that email). Privacy Policy:

Horde WebMail: Used for communication purposes. Your name, email and any other information you provide via email or contact form will be stored here.

Google Analytics / JetPack: Used to monitor and track website usage. Google Privacy Policy: JetPack Privacy Policy:

Cookies Policy

Our site uses Cookies, small files that hold information. When you visit websites or use apps these files are placed on your computer or device. The website or app that placed them there can retrieve these files, and can authorise other websites or apps to access them.

For more information on Cookies, click here:


If you wish to leave a comment on our site you must 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.


WordPress is the platform that our website is built with. It uses Cookies to ensure the site is working correctly for example by knowing if you are seeing any error messages.


Some cookies are used to analyse the performance of the website. Reports can then be created on how much traffic the website receives, where it comes from as well as the most viewed pages. Google Analytics and JetPack are the main tools used to do this. We only collect and use information related to, and for use in reports to help us grow our business and website. If processed this data will be analysed to plan future improvements to the business, services and content. This data will be retained for 26 months after the users latest visit. Google’s privacy policy is available at: while JetPack’s privacy policy can be found here:


Advertising cookies may collect information about what you do on the internet (such as what websites you visit) to ensure any advertisements that are shown to you are relevant, and something you should be interested in.

Embedded content from other websites

Articles on this site may include embedded content (e.g. videos, images, articles, etc.) that we feel are relevant to our content and helpful to you. 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 tracking your interaction with the embedded content if you have an account and are logged in to that website.

Our legal basis for your processing data:

All the data collected and processed by us is done so under lawful basis, usually from consent being given by the person for it to be used for a specific purpose/s or because the processing is necessary for pursuing a legitimate interest for example to respond to enquiries or make improvements.

Other legal basis for processing your data:

When it is necessary for the performance of a contract to which the data subject is party or in order to take steps at the request of the data subject prior to entering into a contract.

When processing is necessary for compliance with a legal obligation to which the controller is subject.

When processing is necessary in order to protect the vital interests of the data subject or of another natural person.

When processing is necessary for the performance of a task carried out in the public interest or in the exercise of official authority vested in the controller.

When processing is necessary for the purposes of the legitimate interests pursued by the controller or by a third party, except where such interests are overridden by the interests or fundamental rights and freedoms of the data subject which require protection of personal data, in particular where the data subject is a child. This shall not apply to processing carried out by public authorities in the performance of their tasks.