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Accessibility Statement

The National Parks and Wildlife Service are committed to making the information on this website accessible to all. To this end we have designed the NPWS website to follow guidelines set out by the W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium). The W3C WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative) produces accessibility guidelines that are an internationally recognised benchmark of accessibility.

We aim to comply with Level Double-A of the W3C Web Content Accessibility Guidelines 1.0, including all Priority 1 and Priority 2 checkpoints defined in the Guidelines. The benefits of this include:

  • Pages are fast to download, regardless of whether you are using broadband or a modem
  • The site supports both old and new technology. If your browser or browsing device does not support Cascading Style Sheets (CSS), the information on each page is still readable
  • Content images used in this site include descriptive ALT (i.e. alternative text) attributes. Certain decorative graphics include null ALT attributes
  • This site uses only relative text sizes, allowing you to change font size easily using your browser. For Internet Explorer or Mozilla Firefox, select TEXT SIZE from the VIEW menu. If you are using another browser, please refer to your browser help to learn how to re-size text. This site is optimised for the default Internet Explorer setting of "Medium"™.


The websites uses W3C (World Wide Web Consortium) technologies, wherever possible. All pages validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional and CSS2 ensuring that they work with a wide variety of browsers. The site also makes use of the following non-W3C technologies.


The NPWS are committed to making all our websites accessible to all people, regardless of ability. To this end we have designed this website to follow guidelines set out by the W3C (the World Wide Web Consortium). The W3C WAI (Web Accessibility Initiative) produces accessibility guidelines that are an internationally recognised benchmark of accessibility.

In designing this site, we have applied all appropriate WAI Priority 1 and Priority 2 criteria and a number of the WAI Priority 3 criteria.

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The benefits of compliance with the WAI WCAG include:

  • Pages are fast to download, regardless of whether you are using broadband or a modem
  • All pages validate as XHTML 1.0 Transitional ensuring that they work with a wide variety of browsers.
  • All font sizes are relative, allowing users to change font size easily using their browser. Use your browsers sizing options to access this feature.
  • If your browser or browsing device does not support cascading stylesheets (CSS), the content of each page is still readable.
  • There are invisible 'skip links' for users with any visual impairment using screen readers.
  • All pages will function perfectly well without JavaScript
  • All content images used in this site include descriptive ALT (i.e. alternative text) attributes. Purely decorative graphics include null ALT attributes.
  • Each page will print out in a highly readable format on a standard A4 sized page.

We will continue to closely monitor developments and changes in WAI WCAG guidelines and general website best practice.

If you feel that this web site could be easier to use or that any part of it is not accessible, please fell free to contact us.