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

Showing 1 - 50 of 54 results
Taxa No. of records Most recent record
Aspicilia contorta subsp. contorta 1 1983
Blennothallia crispa 1 1983
Botryolepraria lesdainii 1 1983
Bryostigma lapidicola 1 1983
Buellia 1 1983
Caloplaca aurantia 1 1983
Caloplaca chlorina 1 1983
Caloplaca decipiens 1 1983
Caloplaca flavescens 1 1983
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1983
Caloplaca oasis 1 1983
Caloplaca saxicola 1 1983
Caloplaca teicholyta 1 1983
Candelariella aurella f. aurella 1 1983
Candelariella medians f. medians 1 1983
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 1 1983
Cladonia fimbriata 1 1983
Diploicia canescens 1 1983
Diploschistes scruposus 1 1983
Diplotomma alboatrum 1 1983
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 1 1983
Hypogymnia physodes (Dark Crottle) 1 1983
Lathagrium auriforme 1 1983
Lecania erysibe s. lat. 1 1983
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 1 1983
Lecanora conizaeoides f. conizaeoides 1 1983
Lecanora orosthea 1 1983
Lecanora polytropa 1 1983
Lecanora 2 1983
Lecidella carpathica 1 1983
Lecidella scabra 1 1983
Lecidella stigmatea 1 1983
Lepraria incana s. lat. 1 1983
Lilioceris lilii (Lily Beetle) 1 2011
Micarea denigrata 1 1983
Myriolecis albescens 1 1983
Myriolecis dispersa 1 1983
Phaeophyscia orbicularis 1 1983
Physcia adscendens 1 1983
Physcia caesia 1 1983
Physconia grisea 1 1983
Placopyrenium fuscellum 1 1983
Porpidia tuberculosa 1 1983
Protoblastenia rupestris 1 1983
Protoparmeliopsis muralis 1 1983
Psilolechia lucida 1 1983
Rinodina oleae 1 1983
Sarcogyne regularis 1 1983
Scoliciosporum umbrinum 1 1983
Tephromela atra var. atra (Black Shields) 1 1983

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

Data sets Licence Records