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.

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Other Heritage Information

Group Species

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Taxa No. of records Most recent record
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) 1 2023
Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard) 1 2023
Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) 1 2023
Apis mellifera (Western Honey Bee) 1 2023
Arrhenatherum elatius (False Oat-grass) 1 2023
Arum maculatum (Lords-and-Ladies) 1 2023
Bellis perennis (Daisy) 1 2023
Calystegia sepium (Hedge Bindweed) 1 2023
Cirsium arvense (Creeping Thistle) 1 2023
Dactylis glomerata (Cock's-foot) 1 2023
Fragaria vesca (Wild Strawberry) 1 2023
Galium aparine (Cleavers) 1 2023
Geranium lucidum (Shining Crane's-bill) 1 2023
Geranium robertianum (Herb-Robert) 1 2023
Geum urbanum (Wood Avens) 1 2023
Hedera helix (Ivy) 1 2023
Holcus lanatus (Yorkshire-fog) 1 2023
Jacobaea vulgaris (Common Ragwort) 1 2023
Lamium album (White Dead-nettle) 1 2023
Lapsana communis (Nipplewort) 1 2023
Lasius flavus (Yellow Meadow Ant) 1 2023
Lonicera periclymenum (Honeysuckle) 1 2023
Lotus (Bird's-Foot-Trefoil) 1 2023
Milium effusum (Wood Millet) 1 2023
Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain) 1 2023
Poa pratensis (Smooth Meadow-grass) 1 2023
Primula veris (Cowslip) 1 2023
Prunella vulgaris (Selfheal) 1 2023
Ranunculus acris (Meadow Buttercup) 1 2023
Ranunculus bulbosus (Bulbous Buttercup) 1 2023
Rubus fruticosus agg. (Bramble) 1 2023
Rumex (Dock) 1 2023
Senecio vulgaris (Groundsel) 1 2023
Sonchus (Sow Thistle) 1 2023
Stellaria holostea (Greater Stitchwort) 1 2023
Symphytum officinale x asperum x tuberosum (Comfrey) 1 2023
Taraxacum (Dandelion) 1 2023
Trifolium campestre (Hop Trefoil) 1 2023
Veronica chamaedrys (Germander Speedwell) 1 2023
Viola (Violet) 1 2023
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Charts showing breakdown of occurrence records ([counting] records)

Data sets Licence Records