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

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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

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Taxa No. of records Most recent record
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) 1 2013
Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard) 1 2013
Amblystegium serpens (Creeping Feather-moss) 1 2008
Androniscus dentiger (Rosy Woodlouse) 1 1993
Anomodon viticulosus (Rambling Tail-moss) 1 2008
Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) 1 2013
Arrhenatherum elatius (False Oat-grass) 1 2013
Asplenium adiantum-nigrum (Black Spleenwort) 1 2013
Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall-rue) 1 2013
Asplenium trichomanes subsp. quadrivalens 1 2013
Bellis perennis (Daisy) 1 2013
Brachypodium sylvaticum (False-brome) 1 2013
Carex divulsa subsp. divulsa (Grey Sedge) 1 2013
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle) 1 2013
Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed) 1 2013
Cotoneaster horizontalis (Wall Cotoneaster) 1 2013
Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) 1 2013
Cyclamen hederifolium (Sowbread) 1 2013
Cymbalaria muralis (Ivy-leaved Toadflax) 1 2013
Dactylis glomerata (Cock's-foot) 1 2013
Dryopteris filix-mas (Male-fern) 1 2013
Epilobium montanum (Broad-leaved Willowherb) 1 2013
Euphorbia peplus (Petty Spurge) 1 2013
Fagus sylvatica (Beech) 1 2013
Festuca rubra (Red Fescue) 1 2013
Galium mollugo subsp. erectum (Upright Hedge Bedstraw) 1 2013
Geranium lucidum (Shining Crane's-bill) 1 2013
Geranium robertianum (Herb-Robert) 1 2013
Geum urbanum (Wood Avens) 1 2013
Hedera helix 1 2013
Heracleum sphondylium (Hogweed) 1 2013
Hypochaeris radicata (Cat's-ear) 1 2013
Ilex aquifolium (Holly) 1 2013
Lapsana communis (Nipplewort) 1 2013
Leucanthemum vulgare (Oxeye Daisy) 1 2013
Lonicera periclymenum (Honeysuckle) 1 2013
Lysimachia 1 2013
Neckera complanata (Flat Neckera) 1 2008
Oniscus asellus (Common Shiny Woodlouse) 1 1993
Pentaglottis sempervirens (Green Alkanet) 1 2013
Philoscia muscorum (Common Striped Woodlouse) 1 1993
Phyllitis scolopendrium (Hart's-tongue) 1 2013
Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain) 1 2013
Poa annua (Annual Meadow-grass) 1 2013
Polypodium vulgare 1 2013
Polystichum setiferum (Soft Shield-fern) 1 2013
Porcellio scaber (Common Rough Woodlouse) 1 1993
Potentilla sterilis (Barren Strawberry) 1 2013
Primula vulgaris (Primrose) 1 2013
Ranunculus repens (Creeping Buttercup) 1 2013

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

Data sets Licence Records