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
Amblystegium serpens (Creeping Feather-moss) 1 2004
Atrichum undulatum (Common Smoothcap) 1 2004
Baeomyces rufus 1 1982
Bagliettoa parmigera s. lat. 1 1982
Bilimbia sabuletorum 1 1982
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 1 2004
Bryum argenteum (Silver-moss) 1 2004
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 1 2004
Bryum dichotomum (Dune Thread-moss) 1 2004
Bryum rubens (Crimson-tuber Thread-moss) 1 2004
Caloplaca flavescens 1 1982
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1982
Caloplaca ruderum 1 1982
Caloplaca teicholyta 1 1982
Campylopus introflexus (Heath Star Moss) 1 2004
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 1 1982
Ceratodon purpureus (Redshank) 1 2004
Dicranoweisia cirrata (Common Pincushion) 1 2004
Dicranum scoparium (Broom Fork-moss) 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 1 1982
Funaria hygrometrica (Common Cord-moss) 1 2004
Grimmia pulvinata (Grey-cushioned Grimmia) 1 2004
Homalothecium sericeum (Silky Wall Feather-moss) 1 2004
Hypnum cupressiforme (Cypress-leaved Plait-moss) 1 2004
Intralichen christiansenii 1 1982
Kindbergia praelonga (Common Feather-moss) 1 2004
Lathagrium auriforme 1 1982
Lecania erysibe s. lat. 2 1982
Lecania hutchinsiae 1 1982
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 1 1982
Lecanora conizaeoides f. conizaeoides 1 1982
Lepraria incana s. str. 1 1982
Lepraria vouauxii 2 1982
Lunularia cruciata (Crescent-cup Liverwort) 1 2004
Myriolecis albescens 1 1982
Myriolecis dispersa 1 1982
Phaeophyscia orbicularis 2 1982
Physcia adscendens 1 1982
Physcia caesia 1 1982
Physconia grisea 1 1982
Pipistrellus pipistrellus (Pipistrelle) 1 2015
Plagiomnium undulatum (Hart's-tongue Thyme-moss) 1 2004
Pleuridium acuminatum (Taper-leaved Earth-moss) 1 2004
Porpidia tuberculosa 1 1982
Protoblastenia rupestris 1 1982
Pseudocrossidium hornschuchianum (Hornschuch's Beard-moss) 1 2004

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

Data sets Licence Records