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

Showing 1 - 50 of 94 results
Taxa No. of records Most recent record
Acarospora fuscata 1 1980
Acolium inquinans 1 1980
Amandinea punctata 1 1980
Arthonia calcarea 1 1980
Aspicilia calcarea 3 1993
Aspicilia contorta subsp. contorta 2 1993
Bilimbia sabuletorum 1 1980
Bryonia dioica (White Bryony) 1 2013
Caloplaca aurantia 3 1993
Caloplaca dalmatica 1 1993
Caloplaca decipiens 1 1980
Caloplaca flavescens 3 1993
Caloplaca flavocitrina 3 1993
Caloplaca oasis 2 1980
Caloplaca ruderum 4 1993
Caloplaca saxicola 3 1993
Caloplaca teicholyta 2 1980
Candelariella aurella f. aurella 1 1980
Candelariella medians f. medians 3 1993
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 3 1980
Catillaria chalybeia var. chalybeia 1 1980
Catillaria lenticularis 1 1980
Cladonia fimbriata 2 1980
Cresponea premnea 2 1980
Diploicia canescens 2 1993
Diploschistes scruposus 1 1980
Diplotomma alboatrum 3 1993
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 3 1993
Evernia prunastri (Oak Moss) 1 1980
Flavoparmelia caperata 1 1980
Glaucomaria rupicola var. rupicola (Slow-Growing Lichen) 1 1980
Haematomma ochroleucum var. porphyrium 2 1980
Hypogymnia physodes (Dark Crottle) 1 1980
Hypogymnia tubulosa 1 1980
Lathagrium auriforme 1 1980
Lecania erysibe s. lat. 2 1993
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 3 1993
Lecanora conizaeoides f. conizaeoides 2 1980
Lecanora expallens 1 1980
Lecanora orosthea 1 1980
Lecanora polytropa 2 1980
Lecanora soralifera 1 1980
Lecanora sulphurea 2 1980
Lecidea grisella 1 1980
Lecidella elaeochroma f. elaeochroma 1 1980
Lecidella scabra 3 1993
Lecidella stigmatea 2 1980
Lepra amara 2 1980
Lepraria incana s. lat. 3 1993
Lepraria vouauxii 1 1989

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

Data sets Licence Records