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 2 1985
Amblystegium serpens (Creeping Feather-moss) 1 2011
Aspicilia calcarea 2 1985
Aspicilia contorta subsp. contorta 1 1985
Aulacomnium androgynum (Bud-headed Groove-moss) 1 2011
Bagliettoa parmigera s. lat. 2 1985
Barbula unguiculata (Bird's-claw Beard-moss) 1 2011
Blennothallia crispa 1 1985
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 1 2011
Bryostigma lapidicola 1 1985
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 1 2011
Bryum rubens (Crimson-tuber Thread-moss) 1 2011
Buellia aethalea 1 1985
Buellia ocellata 3 1985
Calliergonella cuspidata (Pointed Spear-moss) 1 2011
Caloplaca aurantia 2 1985
Caloplaca flavescens 3 1985
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1985
Caloplaca marmorata 1 1981
Caloplaca oasis 3 1985
Caloplaca ruderum 2 1985
Caloplaca saxicola 2 1985
Caloplaca teicholyta 2 1985
Candelariella aurella f. aurella 2 1985
Candelariella medians f. medians 2 1985
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 2 1985
Catillaria chalybeia var. chalybeia 2 1985
Catillaria lenticularis 3 1985
Ceratodon purpureus (Redshank) 1 2011
Didymodon insulanus (Cylindric Beard-moss) 1 2011
Didymodon luridus (Dusky Beard-moss) 1 2011
Didymodon sinuosus (Wavy Beard-moss) 1 2011
Didymodon vinealis (Soft-tufted Beard-moss) 1 2011
Diploicia canescens 2 1985
Diploschistes scruposus 1 1985
Diplotomma alboatrum 2 1985
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 2 1985
Fissidens incurvus (Short-leaved Pocket-moss) 1 2011
Fissidens taxifolius (Common Pocket-moss) 1 2011
Grimmia pulvinata (Grey-cushioned Grimmia) 1 2011
Haematomma ochroleucum var. porphyrium 2 1985
Homalothecium sericeum (Silky Wall Feather-moss) 1 2011
Hypnum cupressiforme (Cypress-leaved Plait-moss) 1 2011
Kindbergia praelonga (Common Feather-moss) 1 2011
Lathagrium auriforme 2 1985
Lecania erysibe s. lat. 1 1985
Lecania rabenhorstii 1 1985
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 2 1985
Lecanora conizaeoides f. conizaeoides 2 1985
Lecanora expallens 2 1985

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

Data sets Licence Records