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

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Taxa No. of records Most recent record
Acarospora fuscata 1 1993
Bilimbia sabuletorum 1 1993
Buellia aethalea 1 1993
Caloplaca decipiens 1 1993
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1993
Caloplaca oasis 1 1993
Caloplaca teicholyta 1 1993
Candelariella aurella f. aurella 1 1993
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 1 1993
Diplotomma alboatrum 1 1993
Lecania erysibe s. lat. 1 1993
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 1 1993
Lecanora conizaeoides f. conizaeoides 1 1993
Lecanora polytropa 1 1993
Lecidea grisella 1 1993
Lecidella scabra 1 1993
Lecidella stigmatea 1 1993
Lepraria incana s. lat. 1 1993
Melanelixia fuliginosa 1 1993
Myriolecis albescens 1 1993
Myriolecis dispersa 1 1993
Parmelia saxatilis s. lat. 1 1993
Phaeophyscia orbicularis 1 1993
Physcia adscendens 1 1993
Physcia caesia 1 1993
Physconia grisea 1 1993
Porpidia tuberculosa 1 1993
Protoblastenia rupestris 1 1993
Protoparmeliopsis muralis 1 1993
Psilolechia leprosa 1 1993
Psilolechia lucida 1 1993
Rinodina oleae 1 1993
Rinodina teichophila 1 1993
Scoliciosporum umbrinum 1 1993
Verrucaria muralis 1 1993
Verrucaria nigrescens 1 1993
Verrucaria viridula 1 1993
Xanthoria calcicola 1 1993
Xanthoria parietina (Common Orange Lichen) 1 1993
Xanthoria ucrainica 1 1993
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Charts showing breakdown of occurrence records ([counting] records)

Data sets Licence Records