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.

Browse the list of datasets and find organisations you can join if you are interested in participating in a survey for this place.

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 1980
Acarospora privigna 1 1980
Amandinea punctata 1 1980
Aspicilia calcarea 1 1980
Blennothallia crispa 1 1980
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 1 2001
Bryum argenteum (Silver-moss) 1 2001
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 1 2001
Caloplaca dalmatica 1 1992
Caloplaca flavescens 1 1980
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1980
Caloplaca ruderum 1 1980
Caloplaca saxicola 1 1980
Caloplaca teicholyta 1 1980
Candelariella medians f. medians 1 1980
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 1 1980
Ceratodon purpureus (Redshank) 1 2001
Cladonia chlorophaea s. lat. 1 1980
Cladonia fimbriata 1 1980
Cladonia furcata 1 1980
Cladonia portentosa (crotail rèin-fhèidh) 1 1980
Cladonia scabriuscula 1 1980
Coccinella septempunctata (7-spot Ladybird) 5 2019
Colletes hederae (Ivy Bee) 1 2018
Dicranum scoparium (Broom Fork-moss) 1 2001
Didymodon luridus (Dusky Beard-moss) 1 2001
Didymodon vinealis (Soft-tufted Beard-moss) 1 2001
Diploicia canescens 1 1980
Diplotomma alboatrum 1 1980
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 1 1980
Harmonia axyridis (Harlequin Ladybird) 4 2019
Kindbergia praelonga (Common Feather-moss) 1 2001
Lecania erysibe s. lat. 1 1980
Lecanora caesiosora 1 2013
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 1 1980
Lecanora conizaeoides f. conizaeoides 1 1980
Lecanora orosthea 1 1980
Lecanora polytropa 1 1980
Lecanora sulphurea 1 1980
Lecidella scabra 1 1980
Lecidella stigmatea 1 1980
Myriolecis dispersa 1 1980
Phaeophyscia orbicularis 1 1980
Physcia adscendens 1 1980
Physcia caesia 1 1980
Physconia grisea 1 1980
Placopyrenium fuscellum 1 1980
Polytrichum juniperinum (Juniper Haircap) 1 2001
Porpidia tuberculosa 1 1980
Pseudocrossidium revolutum (Revolute Beard-moss) 1 2001

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

Data sets Licence Records