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

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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 1999
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) 1 1999
Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard) 1 1999
Alopecurus pratensis (Meadow Foxtail) 1 1999
Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) 1 1999
Bellis perennis (Daisy) 1 1999
Briza media (Quaking-grass) 1 1999
Bromopsis erecta (Upright Brome) 1 1999
Bromus sterilis (Barren Brome) 1 1999
Carex caryophyllea (Spring-sedge) 1 1999
Carex flacca (Glaucous Sedge) 1 1999
Centaurea nigra sens. lat. (=nigra/debeauxii) (Common Knapweed) 1 1999
Cerastium fontanum (Common Mouse-ear) 1 1999
Cirsium vulgare (Spear Thistle) 1 1999
Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) 1 1999
Cruciata laevipes (Crosswort) 1 1999
Festuca rubra (Red Fescue) 1 1999
Ficaria verna (Lesser Celandine) 1 1999
Fraxinus excelsior (Ash) 1 1999
Geranium pratense (Meadow Crane's-bill) 1 1999
Hedera helix (Ivy) 1 1999
Heracleum sphondylium (Hogweed) 1 1999
Ilex aquifolium (Holly) 1 1999
Jacobaea 1 1999
Knautia arvensis (Field Scabious) 1 1999
Lathyrus pratensis (Meadow Vetchling) 1 1999
Leucanthemum vulgare (Oxeye Daisy) 1 1999
Lolium perenne (Perennial Rye-grass) 1 1999
Lotus corniculatus (Common Bird's-foot-trefoil) 1 1999
Luzula campestris (Field Wood-rush) 1 1999
Plantago lanceolata (Ribwort Plantain) 1 1999
Poa pratensis (Smooth Meadow-grass) 1 1999
Poterium sanguisorba (Salad Burnet) 1 1999
Primula veris (Cowslip) 1 1999
Prunus spinosa (Blackthorn) 1 1999
Ranunculus bulbosus (Bulbous Buttercup) 1 1999
Rubus fruticosus agg. (Bramble) 1 1999
Rumex acetosa (Common Sorrel) 1 1999
Rumex obtusifolius (Broad-leaved Dock) 1 1999
Sambucus nigra (Elder) 1 1999
Talpa europaea (European Mole) 1 2021
Taraxacum (Dandelion) 1 1999
Taxus baccata (Yew) 1 1999
Trifolium pratense (Red Clover) 1 1999
Ulmus procera (English Elm) 1 1999
Urtica dioica (Common Nettle) 1 1999
Veronica chamaedrys (Germander Speedwell) 1 1999
Viola odorata (Sweet Violet) 1 1999
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Charts showing breakdown of occurrence records ([counting] records)

Data sets Licence Records