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

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Taxa No. of records Most recent record
Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore) 1 2022
Aegopodium podagraria (Ground-elder) 1 2022
Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse-chestnut) 1 2022
Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard) 1 2022
Amblystegium serpens (Creeping Feather-moss) 1 2000
Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) 1 2022
Arrhenatherum elatius (False Oat-grass) 1 2022
Arum maculatum (Lords-and-Ladies) 1 2022
Asparagus officinalis (Garden Asparagus) 1 2022
Aspicilia calcarea 2 1996
Bagliettoa parmigera s. lat. 2 1996
Ballota nigra (Black Horehound) 1 2022
Bellis perennis (Daisy) 1 2022
Bilimbia sabuletorum 2 1996
Botryolepraria lesdainii 1 1996
Brachypodium sylvaticum (False-brome) 1 2022
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 1 2000
Bromus sterilis (Barren Brome) 1 2022
Bryonia dioica (White Bryony) 1 2022
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 1 2000
Bryum dichotomum (Dune Thread-moss) 1 2000
Calliergonella cuspidata (Pointed Spear-moss) 1 2000
Caloplaca aurantia 2 1996
Caloplaca decipiens 1 1996
Caloplaca flavescens 1 1996
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1996
Caloplaca marmorata 1 1996
Caloplaca oasis 1 1996
Caloplaca ruderum 2 1996
Caloplaca saxicola 1 1996
Caloplaca teicholyta 2 1996
Candelariella medians f. medians 2 1996
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 2 1996
Carex spicata (Spiked Sedge) 1 2022
Castanea sativa (Sweet Chestnut) 1 2022
Catillaria lenticularis 1 1996
Cerastium fontanum (Common Mouse-ear) 1 2022
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle) 1 2022
Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed) 1 2022
Cornus sanguinea (Dogwood) 1 2022
Crepis capillaris (Smooth Hawk's-beard) 1 2022
Didymodon insulanus (Cylindric Beard-moss) 1 2000
Didymodon luridus (Dusky Beard-moss) 1 2000
Didymodon vinealis (Soft-tufted Beard-moss) 1 2000
Diploicia canescens 1 1996
Diploschistes scruposus 1 1996
Diplotomma alboatrum 1 1996
Diplotomma murorum 2 1996
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 2 1996
Enchylium tenax var. ceranoides 1 1996

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

Data sets Licence Records