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 1981
Amandinea punctata 1 1981
Aspicilia calcarea 2 1994
Bagliettoa parmigera s. lat. 2 1994
Belonia nidarosiensis 1 1994
Bilimbia sabuletorum 1 1981
Buellia aethalea 2 1994
Buellia ocellata 1 1994
Caloplaca aurantia 3 1997
Caloplaca chrysodeta 1 1981
Caloplaca decipiens 1 1981
Caloplaca flavescens 3 1997
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1981
Caloplaca oasis 1 1981
Caloplaca ruderum 3 1997
Caloplaca saxicola 3 1997
Caloplaca teicholyta 2 1994
Candelariella medians f. medians 2 1994
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 2 1994
Catillaria chalybeia var. chalybeia 1 1981
Catillaria lenticularis 2 1997
Cladonia fimbriata 1 1981
Diploicia canescens 3 1997
Diploschistes scruposus 1 1981
Diplotomma alboatrum 2 1997
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 2 1994
Erinaceus europaeus (West European Hedgehog) 4 2020
Haematomma ochroleucum var. porphyrium 1 1981
Hypocenomyce scalaris 1 1981
Intralichen christiansenii 1 1981
Lecania erysibe s. lat. 1 1981
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 3 1997
Lecanora conizaeoides f. conizaeoides 2 1994
Lecanora orosthea 2 1994
Lecanora polytropa 2 1994
Lecanora saligna 1 1994
Lecanora sulphurea 1 1981
Lecidella scabra 2 1997
Lecidella stigmatea 1 1981
Lepra amara 1 1981
Lepraria incana s. lat. 1 1981
Lepraria vouauxii 1 1982
Micarea denigrata 1 1981
Myriolecis albescens 2 1994
Myriolecis crenulata 2 1994
Myriolecis dispersa 2 1994
Ochrolechia parella (Crab's Eye Lichen) 1 1981
Parmelia sulcata (Netted Shield Lichen) 1 1981
Phaeophyscia orbicularis 2 1994
Physcia adscendens 2 1994

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

Data sets Licence Records