Ecological summary

Burial grounds are fantastic places for biodiversity, often containing species rich grassland which was once widespread in the UK. The walls and monuments create habitat for amphibians, reptiles, small mammals and invertebrates as well as ferns, mosses and liverworts. Of the 2,000 lichen species in the UK, 700 are found in churchyards with a third of these rarely found elsewhere. Check for thrushes feeding on yew berries and swifts and bats under the eaves.

Caring for God's Acre is a national charity dedicated to supporting those managing burial grounds for conservation and heritage purposes. More information on the support offered can be found on their website here: To view the occurrence records in this burial ground click on the View records button underneath the map.

Ancient & Veteran Trees

The UK holds a globally important population of veteran and ancient yew trees of which three-quarters are found in the churchyards of England and Wales. There are about 800 of these ancient and veteran yews, aged from 500 to several 1,000 years old, with no known upper age limit. Burial grounds may contain veteran trees of other species.

Burial grounds may also contain veteran trees of other species, acting as hosts to a wealth of associated plants, animals, lichen and fungi.

Bats and Swifts

Bats – Bats use both the buildings and also the mature and veteran trees within burial grounds to roost, breed and overwinter. These places are relatively unchanging and so populations may have built up over centuries. In addition, bats may forage and feed over the grassland and other vegetation, taking advantage of the wide variety of insect species to be found.

Swifts – The eaves, roofs, towers and steeples of historic churches and chapels, combined with the space around them for accessing nooks and crannies make burial grounds excellent for nesting swifts. These buildings are relatively unchanging and so populations may have built up over centuries. Nests are hard to find and so surveying is crucial for good management.

[counting] species

This map contains both point- and grid-based occurrences at different resolutions


datasets have provided data to the NBN Atlas Beautiful Burial Grounds for this place.

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Other Heritage Information

Group Species

[counting] species

This map contains both point- and grid-based occurrences at different resolutions

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Taxa No. of records Most recent record
Amblystegium serpens (Creeping Feather-moss) 1 2012
Armadillidium depressum 1 1980
Armadillidium vulgare (Common Pill Woodlouse) 1 1992
Arthonia radiata 1 1996
Aspicilia calcarea 1 1996
Aspicilia grisea 1 1996
Barbula unguiculata (Bird's-claw Beard-moss) 1 2012
Bilimbia sabuletorum 1 1996
Blennothallia crispa 1 1996
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 1 2012
Bryostigma lapidicola 1 1996
Bryum argenteum (Silver-moss) 1 2012
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 1 2012
Bryum dichotomum (Dune Thread-moss) 1 2012
Bryum radiculosum (Wall Thread-moss) 1 2012
Calliergonella cuspidata (Pointed Spear-moss) 1 2012
Caloplaca chlorina 1 1996
Caloplaca chrysodeta 1 1996
Caloplaca crenularia 1 1996
Caloplaca flavescens 1 1996
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1996
Candelariella aurella f. aurella 1 1996
Candelariella medians f. medians 1 1996
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 1 1996
Catillaria lenticularis 1 1996
Cirriphyllum crassinervium (Beech Feather-moss) 1 2012
Cirriphyllum piliferum (Hair-pointed Feather-moss) 1 2012
Dialytrichia saxicola 2 2012
Didymodon luridus (Dusky Beard-moss) 1 2012
Didymodon nicholsonii (Nicholson's Beard-moss) 1 2012
Didymodon rigidulus (Perthshire Beard-moss) 1 2012
Didymodon sinuosus (Wavy Beard-moss) 1 2012
Diploicia canescens 1 1996
Diplotomma alboatrum 1 1996
Flavoparmelia caperata 1 1996
Fuscidea cyathoides var. cyathoides 1 1996
Glaucomaria rupicola var. rupicola (Slow-Growing Lichen) 1 1996
Grimmia pulvinata (Grey-cushioned Grimmia) 1 2012
Haematomma ochroleucum var. porphyrium 1 1996
Hypnum cupressiforme (Cypress-leaved Plait-moss) 1 2012
Kindbergia praelonga (Common Feather-moss) 1 2012
Lathagrium auriforme 1 1996
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 1 1996
Lecanora chlarotera 1 1996
Lecanora polytropa 1 1996
Lecanora soralifera 1 1996
Lecidella elaeochroma f. elaeochroma 1 1996
Lecidella scabra 1 1996
Lecidella stigmatea 1 1996
Lepraria vouauxii 1 1996

Charts showing breakdown of occurrence records ([counting] records)

Data sets Licence Records