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 2000
Aspicilia calcarea 2 2000
Bagliettoa parmigera s. lat. 2 2000
Bryostigma lapidicola 1 2000
Buellia aethalea 1 2000
Buellia ocellata 2 2000
Caloplaca aurantia 2 2000
Caloplaca flavescens 2 2000
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1988
Caloplaca ruderum 1 1988
Caloplaca saxicola 1 1988
Caloplaca teicholyta 2 2000
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 2 2000
Diploicia canescens 2 2000
Diplotomma alboatrum 2 2000
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 2 2000
Evernia prunastri (Oak Moss) 1 2000
Haematomma ochroleucum var. porphyrium 1 2000
Lampyris noctiluca (Glow-worm) 1 2019
Lecania erysibe s. lat. 1 1988
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 2 2000
Lecanora conizaeoides f. conizaeoides 2 2000
Lecanora sulphurea 1 2000
Lecidella scabra 2 2000
Lepraria incana s. lat. 1 2000
Lepraria incana s. str. 1 1988
Melanelixia fuliginosa 1 2000
Muellerella lichenicola 1 2000
Myotis nattereri (Natterer's Bat) 1 2016
Myriolecis albescens 1 1988
Myriolecis crenulata 2 2000
Parmelia sulcata (Netted Shield Lichen) 1 2000
Physcia adscendens 1 1988
Physconia grisea 1 2000
Pipistrellus pipistrellus (Pipistrelle) 1 2016
Plecotus (Long-eared Bat species) 1 2016
Porpidia soredizodes 2 2000
Porpidia tuberculosa 2 2000
Protoparmeliopsis muralis 1 2000
Psilolechia lucida 1 2000
Punctelia subrudecta s. str. 1 2000
Quercus robur (Pedunculate Oak) 1 1999
Rinodina oleae 1 1988
Tephromela atra var. atra (Black Shields) 1 2000
Verrucaria hochstetteri 1 1988
Verrucaria muralis 1 1988
Verrucaria nigrescens 1 2000
Verrucaria viridula 1 1988
Weddellomyces epicallopisma 1 2000
Xanthoria calcicola 2 2000

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

Data sets Licence Records