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
Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore) 1 2022
Ajuga reptans (Bugle) 2 2023
Allium ursinum (Ramsons) 1 2023
Alnus glutinosa (Alder) 1 2023
Alopecurus pratensis (Meadow Foxtail) 2 2023
Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) 2 2023
Apis mellifera (Western Honey Bee) 1 2023
Aquilegia (Columbine) 2 2023
Bellis perennis (Daisy) 1 2022
Buddleja davidii (Butterfly-bush) 1 2022
Buddleja (Buddleja) 1 2023
Catapodium rigidum (Fern-grass) 1 2022
Centaurea nigra subsp. nigra (Common Knapweed) 2 2023
Centaurea (Knapweed) 1 2022
Chamerion angustifolium (Rosebay Willowherb) 1 2022
Conium maculatum (Hemlock) 1 2023
Convallaria majalis (Lily-of-the-valley) 1 2023
Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) 2 2023
Dactylis glomerata (Cock's-foot) 2 2023
Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove) 2 2023
Dipsacus fullonum (Wild Teasel) 2 2023
Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite) 1 2022
Erysimum cheiri (Wallflower) 1 2023
Ficaria verna (Lesser Celandine) 1 2023
Fraxinus excelsior (Ash) 2 2023
Galium aparine (Cleavers) 1 2023
Geranium pratense (Meadow Crane's-bill) 1 2023
Geranium pyrenaicum (Hedgerow Crane's-bill) 1 2022
Hedera helix (Ivy) 2 2023
Holcus lanatus (Yorkshire-fog) 2 2023
Hyacinthoides non-scripta x hispanica = H. x massartiana (Bluebell) 2 2023
Ilex aquifolium (Holly) 2 2023
Lamium album (White Dead-nettle) 1 2023
Leucanthemum vulgare (Oxeye Daisy) 2 2023
Lonicera periclymenum (Honeysuckle) 1 2023
Lotus corniculatus (Common Bird's-foot-trefoil) 2 2023
Lotus (Bird's-Foot-Trefoil) 1 2023
Lythrum salicaria (Purple-loosestrife) 1 2022
Malva sylvestris (Common Mallow) 1 2022
Musca domestica (House-fly) 1 2022
Palomena prasina (Green Shieldbug) 1 2022
Phleum pratense (Timothy) 1 2023
Picea abies (Norway Spruce) 1 2022
Pinus sylvestris (Scots Pine) 1 2022
Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain) 1 2023
Primula veris (Cowslip) 1 2023
Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn) 1 2022
Pteridium aquilinum (Bracken) 1 2022
Ranunculus acris (Meadow Buttercup) 1 2023
Ranunculus repens (Creeping Buttercup) 2 2023

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

Data sets Licence Records