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 2001
Acarospora privigna 1 2001
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) 2 1988
Agrostis capillaris (Common Bent) 2 1988
Alopecurus pratensis (Meadow Foxtail) 2 1988
Amandinea punctata 1 2001
Amblystegium serpens (Creeping Feather-moss) 1 2002
Anacamptis morio (Green-winged Orchid) 4 1985
Andricus quercuscalicis (Knopper Gall) 1 2011
Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) 2 1988
Apamea lithoxylaea (Light Arches) 1 2011
Aphantopus hyperantus (Ringlet) 1 2010
Apis mellifera (Western Honey Bee) 1 2011
Apus apus (Swift) 1 2020
Arthonia atra 1 2001
Athene noctua (Little Owl) 1 2010
Bacidina neosquamulosa 1 2001
Barbula unguiculata (Bird's-claw Beard-moss) 1 2002
Bellis perennis (Daisy) 2 1988
Bombus sylvestris (Forest Cuckoo Bee) 1 2011
Bombycilla garrulus (Waxwing) 1 2010
Brachythecium albicans (Whitish Feather-moss) 3 2002
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 3 2002
Bryum argenteum (Silver-moss) 3 2002
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 3 2002
Bryum dichotomum (Dune Thread-moss) 2 1993
Buellia aethalea 1 2001
Buellia ocellata 1 2001
Buelliella physciicola 1 2001
Calliergonella cuspidata (Pointed Spear-moss) 1 2002
Caloplaca flavocitrina 2 2001
Caloplaca oasis 1 2001
Caloplaca saxicola 1 2001
Caloplaca teicholyta 1 2001
Campanula rapunculoides (Creeping Bellflower) 2 2011
Candelariella aurella f. aurella 1 2001
Candelariella medians f. medians 1 2001
Candelariella vitellina f. flavovirella 1 2001
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 1 2001
Carduus nutans (Musk Thistle) 2 2010
Cedrus deodara (Deodar) 2 2010
Cerastium fontanum (Common Mouse-ear) 2 1988
Ceratodon purpureus (Redshank) 3 2002
Chaerophyllum temulum (Rough Chervil) 2 1988
Chamerion angustifolium (Rosebay Willowherb) 2 1988
Chrysotoxum bicinctum 1 2011
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle) 2 1988
Clematis vitalba (Traveller's-joy) 2 2010
Cliostomum griffithii 1 2001
Convolvulus arvensis (Field Bindweed) 2 2010

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

Data sets Licence Records