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 1982
Amandinea punctata 1 1982
Anisomeridium biforme 1 1982
Apus apus (Swift) 1 2022
Barbula unguiculata (Bird's-claw Beard-moss) 1 2001
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 1 2001
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 1 2001
Bryum dichotomum (Dune Thread-moss) 1 2001
Buellia aethalea 1 1982
Caloplaca aurantia 1 1982
Caloplaca decipiens 1 1982
Caloplaca flavescens 1 1982
Caloplaca ruderum 1 1982
Caloplaca saxicola 1 1982
Caloplaca teicholyta 1 1982
Candelariella medians f. medians 1 1982
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 1 1982
Cladonia chlorophaea s. lat. 1 1982
Cliostomum griffithii 1 1982
Didymodon sinuosus (Wavy Beard-moss) 1 2001
Didymodon vinealis (Soft-tufted Beard-moss) 1 2001
Diploicia canescens 1 1982
Diploschistes scruposus 1 1982
Diplotomma alboatrum 1 1982
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 1 1982
Fissidens incurvus (Short-leaved Pocket-moss) 1 2001
Fissidens taxifolius (Common Pocket-moss) 1 2001
Grimmia pulvinata (Grey-cushioned Grimmia) 1 2001
Haematomma ochroleucum var. porphyrium 1 1982
Homalothecium sericeum (Silky Wall Feather-moss) 1 2001
Hypnum cupressiforme (Cypress-leaved Plait-moss) 1 2001
Kindbergia praelonga (Common Feather-moss) 1 2001
Lecania erysibe s. lat. 1 1982
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 1 1982
Lecanora conizaeoides f. conizaeoides 1 1982
Lecanora soralifera 1 1982
Lecanora sulphurea 1 1982
Lecidella stigmatea 1 1982
Lepra amara 1 1982
Lepraria incana s. str. 1 1982
Lepraria vouauxii 1 1982
Microeurhynchium pumilum (Dwarf Feather-moss) 1 2001
Myriolecis dispersa 1 1982
Neckera complanata (Flat Neckera) 1 2001
Opegrapha vermicellifera 1 1982
Opegrapha vulgata 1 1982
Orthotrichum anomalum (Anomalous Bristle-moss) 1 2001
Orthotrichum diaphanum (White-tipped Bristle-moss) 1 2001
Oxyrrhynchium hians (Swartz's Feather-moss) 1 2001
Parmelia sulcata (Netted Shield Lichen) 1 1982

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

Data sets Licence Records