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.

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Other Heritage Information

Group Species

[counting] species

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Taxa No. of records Most recent record
Aeshna cyanea (Southern Hawker) 1 2018
Aeshna mixta (Migrant Hawker) 2 2016
Andrena fulva (Tawny Mining Bee) 3 2017
Andrena haemorrhoa (Orange-tailed Mining Bee) 2 2017
Andrena nigroaenea (Buffish Mining Bee) 2 2016
Andrena nitida (Grey-patched Mining Bee) 2 2016
Anthophora plumipes (Hairy-footed Flower Bee) 2 2017
Bombus hortorum (Small Garden Bumblebee) 2 2018
Bombus lapidarius (Red-tailed Bumblebee) 9 2019
Bombus lucorum (White-tailed Bumblebee) 1 2016
Bombus pascuorum (Common Carder Bee) 3 2018
Bombus pratorum (Early Bumblebee) 2 2019
Bombus terrestris (Buff-tailed Bumblebee) 14 2020
Bombus vestalis (Vestal Cuckoo Bee) 2 2017
Cantharis flavilabris (=nigra auctt.) 1 2016
Chalcolestes viridis (Willow Emerald Damselfly) 1 2023
Chrysolina americana (Rosemary Beetle) 4 2020
Coreus marginatus (Dock Bug) 2 2022
Cyphostethus tristriatus (Juniper Shieldbug) 1 2017
Dolycoris baccarum (Hairy Shieldbug) 2 2023
Elasmucha grisea (Parent Bug) 4 2019
Enallagma cyathigerum (Common Blue Damselfly) 4 2020
Gonocerus acuteangulatus (Box Bug) 2 2018
Palomena prasina (Green Shieldbug) 4 2018
Pentatoma rufipes (Red-legged Shieldbug) 4 2022
Tritomegas bicolor (Pied Shieldbug) 1 2014
Vespa crabro (Hornet) 2 2018
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Charts showing breakdown of occurrence records ([counting] records)

Data sets Licence Records