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
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) 1 2011
Aegopodium podagraria (Ground-elder) 1 2011
Agrimonia eupatoria (Agrimony) 1 2011
Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard) 1 2011
Amandinea punctata 1 2008
Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) 1 2011
Arthonia radiata 1 2008
Arum maculatum (Lords-and-Ladies) 1 2011
Aspicilia calcarea 3 2008
Aspicilia contorta subsp. contorta 3 2008
Asplenium ruta-muraria (Wall-rue) 1 2011
Bagliettoa parmigera s. lat. 2 1993
Bellis perennis (Daisy) 1 2011
Blennothallia crispa 1 1993
Brachypodium sylvaticum (False-brome) 1 2011
Bromus sterilis (Barren Brome) 1 2011
Bryostigma lapidicola 2 1993
Buellia aethalea 1 2008
Buellia ocellata 2 2008
Caloplaca aurantia 2 1993
Caloplaca cerinella 1 2008
Caloplaca crenularia 2 2008
Caloplaca dichroa 2 2008
Caloplaca flavescens 3 2008
Caloplaca flavocitrina 2 1993
Caloplaca teicholyta 1 1992
Calystegia pulchra (Hairy Bindweed) 2 2011
Candelariella aurella f. aurella 2 1993
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 3 2008
Cardamine hirsuta (Hairy Bitter-cress) 1 2011
Carex divulsa (Hesgen Lwyd) 1 2011
Ceterach officinarum (Rustyback) 1 2011
Circaea lutetiana (Enchanter's-nightshade) 1 2011
Cirsium arvense (Creeping Thistle) 1 2011
Clematis vitalba (Traveller's-joy) 1 2011
Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed) 1 2011
Corylus avellana (Hazel) 1 2011
Cotoneaster horizontalis (Wall Cotoneaster) 1 2011
Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) 1 2011
Crepis capillaris (Smooth Hawk's-beard) 1 2011
Cymbalaria muralis (Ivy-leaved Toadflax) 1 2011
Dactylis glomerata (Cock's-foot) 1 2011
Diploicia canescens 3 2008
Diplotomma alboatrum 2 1993
Dipsacus fullonum (Wild Teasel) 2 2011
Dryopteris filix-mas agg. 1 2011
Enchylium tenax 1 1993
Epilobium hirsutum (Great Willowherb) 1 2011
Epilobium montanum (Broad-leaved Willowherb) 1 2011
Eratigena duellica 1 2007

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

Data sets Licence Records