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

[counting] species

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Taxa No. of records Most recent record
Alopecurus pratensis (Meadow Foxtail) 1 2022
Anthoxanthum odoratum (Sweet Vernal-grass) 1 2022
Apis mellifera (Western Honey Bee) 1 2020
Arum maculatum (Lords-and-Ladies) 1 2021
Bellis perennis (Daisy) 2 2019
Bombus hypnorum (Tree Bumblebee) 1 2020
Cardamine pratensis (Cuckooflower) 1 2022
Chamaecyparis lawsoniana (Lawson's Cypress) 1 2011
Cornus mas (Cornelian-cherry) 1 2023
Dactylis glomerata (Cock's-foot) 1 2019
Equisetum arvense (Field Horsetail) 1 2021
Hyacinthoides non-scripta (Bluebell) 1 2017
Hypochaeris radicata (Cat's-ear) 1 2020
Ilex aquifolium (Holly) 1 2019
Lathyrus pratensis (Meadow Vetchling) 1 2022
Limacus maculatus (Green Cellar Slug) 1 2020
Linaria vulgaris (Common Toadflax) 1 2019
Medicago lupulina (Black Medick) 2 2021
Notiophilus substriatus 2 1998
Pilosella aurantiaca (Fox-and-cubs) 1 2019
Pipistrellus (Pipistrelle Bat species) 1 2020
Plantago major (Greater Plantain) 1 2021
Poa annua (Annual Meadow-grass) 1 2022
Potentilla sterilis (Barren Strawberry) 1 2023
Primula vulgaris (Primrose) 1 2021
Prunus laurocerasus (Cherry Laurel) 1 2020
Pterocarya fraxinifolia (Caucasian Wingnut) 1 2018
Rana temporaria (Common Frog) 1 2017
Ranunculus acris (Meadow Buttercup) 1 2022
Ranunculus bulbosus (Bulbous Buttercup) 1 2022
Rosa canina agg. 1 2020
Rumex crispus (Curled Dock) 1 2022
Scilla siberica (Siberian Squill) 1 2021
Sciurus carolinensis (Eastern Grey Squirrel) 2 2019
Sonchus asper (Prickly Sow-thistle) 1 2019
Taraxacum officinale agg. (Dandelion) 1 2020
Tipula paludosa 1 1997
Trifolium pratense (Red Clover) 1 2021
Trifolium repens (White Clover) 1 2022
Typha latifolia (Bulrush) 1 2023
Veronica persica (Common Field-speedwell) 1 2019
Veronica serpyllifolia (Thyme-leaved Speedwell) 2 2023
Vicia sepium (Bush Vetch) 3 2022
Viola riviniana (Common Dog-violet) 1 2021
Viscum album (Mistletoe) 3 2023
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Charts showing breakdown of occurrence records ([counting] records)

Data sets Licence Records