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 1978
Acolium inquinans 1 1978
Amandinea punctata 1 1978
Arthonia calcarea 1 1978
Aspicilia calcarea 1 1978
Bagliettoa parmigera s. lat. 1 1978
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1978
Caloplaca ruderum 2 1979
Caloplaca saxicola 2 1979
Caloplaca teicholyta 1 1978
Candelariella medians f. medians 1 1978
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 1 1978
Cladonia fimbriata 1 1978
Cliostomum griffithii 1 1978
Dendrographa decolorans 1 1978
Diploicia canescens 1 1978
Diplotomma alboatrum 1 1978
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 2 1979
Haematomma ochroleucum var. porphyrium 1 1978
Hypogymnia physodes (Dark Crottle) 2 1983
Hypotrachyna afrorevoluta 1 1978
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 1 1978
Lecanora conizaeoides f. conizaeoides 2 1983
Lecanora expallens 1 1978
Lecanora orosthea 1 1978
Lecanora sulphurea 1 1978
Lecidella scabra 1 1978
Lecidella stigmatea 1 1978
Lepra amara 1 1978
Melanelixia fuliginosa 1 1978
Melanelixia subaurifera 1 1978
Pachnolepia pruinata 1 1978
Parmelia sulcata (Netted Shield Lichen) 2 1983
Physcia adscendens 1 1978
Physcia tenella 1 1978
Physconia grisea 1 1978
Placopyrenium fuscellum 1 1978
Porpidia tuberculosa 1 1978
Psilolechia lucida 1 1978
Ramalina lacera 1 1978
Rhizocarpon distinctum 1 1978
Rinodina oleae 1 1978
Scoliciosporum umbrinum 2 1979
Tephromela atra var. atra (Black Shields) 2 1978
Toniniopsis aromatica 1 1978
Trapelia placodioides 2 1979
Verrucaria muralis 1 1978
Verrucaria nigrescens 1 1978
Xanthoparmelia mougeotii 1 1978
Xanthoria candelaria s. str. 1 1983

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

Data sets Licence Records