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 1984
Amandinea punctata 1 1984
Amblystegium serpens (Creeping Feather-moss) 1 2004
Arthonia atra 1 1984
Arthonia calcarea 1 1984
Barbula unguiculata (Bird's-claw Beard-moss) 1 2004
Belonia nidarosiensis 1 1997
Bilimbia sabuletorum 1 1984
Brachytheciastrum velutinum (Velvet Feather-moss) 1 2004
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 1 2004
Bryostigma lapidicola 1 1984
Bryum argenteum (Silver-moss) 1 2004
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 1 2004
Bryum dichotomum (Dune Thread-moss) 1 2004
Bryum klinggraeffii (Raspberry Bryum) 1 2004
Bryum violaceum (Pill Bryum) 1 2004
Buellia ocellata 1 1984
Buellia stellulata 1 1984
Caloplaca dalmatica 1 1997
Caloplaca decipiens 1 1984
Caloplaca flavescens 2 1997
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1984
Caloplaca oasis 1 1984
Caloplaca ruderum 2 1997
Caloplaca saxicola 2 1997
Caloplaca teicholyta 2 1997
Campylopus introflexus (Heath Star Moss) 1 2004
Candelariella medians f. medians 1 1984
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 1 1984
Catillaria lenticularis 1 1984
Ceratodon purpureus (Redshank) 1 2004
Cliostomum griffithii 1 1984
Dendrographa decolorans 1 1984
Dicranella staphylina (Field Forklet-moss) 1 2004
Dicranoweisia cirrata (Common Pincushion) 1 2004
Didymodon insulanus (Cylindric Beard-moss) 1 2004
Didymodon luridus (Dusky Beard-moss) 1 2004
Didymodon sinuosus (Wavy Beard-moss) 1 2004
Didymodon vinealis (Soft-tufted Beard-moss) 1 2004
Diploicia canescens 2 1997
Diploschistes scruposus 1 1984
Diplotomma alboatrum 2 1997
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 2 1997
Fissidens taxifolius (Common Pocket-moss) 1 2004
Fontinalis antipyretica (Greater Water-moss) 1 2004
Funaria hygrometrica (Common Cord-moss) 1 2004
Grimmia pulvinata (Grey-cushioned Grimmia) 1 2004
Haematomma ochroleucum var. porphyrium 2 1997
Homalothecium sericeum (Silky Wall Feather-moss) 1 2004
Hylocomiadelphus triquetrus (Big Shaggy-moss) 1 2004

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

Data sets Licence Records