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
Acarospora fuscata 1 1990
Acarospora privigna 1 1990
Amandinea punctata 1 1990
Aspicilia calcarea 1 1990
Aspicilia contorta subsp. contorta 1 1990
Aspicilia radiosa 1 1990
Bagliettoa parmigera s. lat. 1 1990
Belonia nidarosiensis 1 1990
Buellia aethalea 1 1990
Caloplaca aurantia 1 1990
Caloplaca chlorina 1 1990
Caloplaca crenularia 1 1990
Caloplaca dalmatica 1 1990
Caloplaca decipiens 1 1990
Caloplaca flavescens 1 1990
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1990
Caloplaca oasis 1 1990
Caloplaca saxicola 1 1990
Caloplaca teicholyta 1 1990
Caloplaca variabilis 1 1990
Candelariella aurella f. aurella 1 1990
Candelariella medians f. medians 1 1990
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 1 1990
Carduelis carduelis (Goldfinch) 3 2012
Catillaria lenticularis 1 1990
Celastrina argiolus (Holly Blue) 2 1998
Chloris chloris (Greenfinch) 3 2012
Cladonia chlorophaea s. lat. 1 1990
Cyanistes caeruleus (Blue Tit) 3 2012
Dendrocopos major (Great Spotted Woodpecker) 1 2012
Diploicia canescens 1 1990
Diplotomma alboatrum 1 1990
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 1 1990
Erithacus rubecula (Robin) 2 2012
Fringilla coelebs (Chaffinch) 3 2012
Harmonia axyridis (Harlequin Ladybird) 1 2016
Lecania erysibe s. lat. 1 1990
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 1 1990
Lecanora chlarotera 1 1990
Lecanora expallens 1 1990
Lecanora orosthea 1 1990
Lecanora polytropa 1 1990
Lecanora sulphurea 1 1990
Lecidella elaeochroma f. elaeochroma 1 1990
Lecidella scabra 1 1990
Lecidella stigmatea 1 1990
Lepraria incana s. lat. 1 1990
Melanelixia fuliginosa 1 1990
Myriolecis albescens 1 1990
Myriolecis antiqua 1 1990

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

Data sets Licence Records