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

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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) 2 2010
Barbula unguiculata (Bird's-claw Beard-moss) 1 2003
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 2 2010
Bryum argenteum (Silver-moss) 1 2010
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 1 2010
Bryum dichotomum (Dune Thread-moss) 1 2010
Bryum rubens (Crimson-tuber Thread-moss) 1 2010
Caloplaca dalmatica 2 1984
Ceratodon purpureus (Redshank) 1 2003
Cladonia humilis 2 1984
Dicranum scoparium (Broom Fork-moss) 1 2010
Didymodon vinealis (Soft-tufted Beard-moss) 2 2010
Funaria hygrometrica (Common Cord-moss) 1 2010
Grimmia pulvinata (Grey-cushioned Grimmia) 2 2010
Homalothecium sericeum (Silky Wall Feather-moss) 2 2010
Hypnum cupressiforme (Cypress-leaved Plait-moss) 1 2010
Hypotrachyna afrorevoluta 1 1980
Kindbergia praelonga (Common Feather-moss) 1 2010
Lecania hutchinsiae 1 1980
Orthotrichum diaphanum (White-tipped Bristle-moss) 2 2010
Oxyrrhynchium hians (Swartz's Feather-moss) 1 2003
Physcia adscendens 1 1980
Polytrichum juniperinum (Juniper Haircap) 1 2010
Pseudoscleropodium purum (Neat Feather-moss) 2 2010
Pyrrhospora quernea 1 1980
Rhizocarpon reductum 1 1980
Rhynchostegium confertum (Clustered Feather-moss) 1 2010
Streblotrichum convolutum 2 2010
Syntrichia montana (Intermediate Screw-moss) 1 2003
Syntrichia papillosa (Marble Screw-moss) 1 2010
Tephromela atra var. atra (Black Shields) 1 1980
Tortula acaulon (Cuspidate Earth-moss) 1 2010
Tortula muralis (Wall Screw-moss) 1 2010
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Data sets Licence Records