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 1981
Amblystegium serpens (Creeping Feather-moss) 1 1996
Aspicilia calcarea 1 1981
Bagliettoa parmigera s. lat. 1 1981
Bilimbia sabuletorum 1 1981
Brachythecium albicans (Whitish Feather-moss) 1 1996
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 2 2003
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 1 1996
Caloplaca aurantia 1 1981
Caloplaca decipiens 1 1981
Caloplaca flavescens 1 1981
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1981
Caloplaca oasis 1 1981
Caloplaca ruderum 1 1981
Caloplaca saxicola 1 1981
Caloplaca teicholyta 1 1981
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 1 1981
Clauzadea monticola 1 1981
Didymodon vinealis (Soft-tufted Beard-moss) 1 1996
Diploicia canescens 1 1981
Diplotomma alboatrum 1 1981
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 1 1981
Grimmia pulvinata (Grey-cushioned Grimmia) 1 2003
Haematomma ochroleucum var. porphyrium 1 1981
Homalothecium sericeum (Silky Wall Feather-moss) 1 1996
Hypnum cupressiforme (Cypress-leaved Plait-moss) 1 1996
Intralichen christiansenii 1 1981
Kindbergia praelonga (Common Feather-moss) 2 2003
Lecania erysibe s. lat. 1 1981
Lecania hutchinsiae 1 1981
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 1 1981
Lecanora conizaeoides f. conizaeoides 1 1981
Lecanora orosthea 1 1981
Lecanora polytropa 1 1981
Lecanora sulphurea 1 1981
Lecidella scabra 1 1981
Lecidella stigmatea 1 1981
Lepraria incana s. lat. 1 1981
Melanelixia subaurifera 1 1981
Myriolecis albescens 1 1981
Myriolecis crenulata 1 1981
Myriolecis dispersa 1 1981
Phaeophyscia orbicularis 1 1981
Physcia adscendens 1 1981
Physcia caesia 1 1981
Physcia dubia 1 1981
Physconia grisea 1 1981
Placopyrenium fuscellum 1 1981
Porpidia tuberculosa 1 1981
Protoparmeliopsis muralis 1 1981

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

Data sets Licence Records