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

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Taxa No. of records Most recent record
Acarospora fuscata 2 2000
Acarospora privigna 1 1998
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) 1 2022
Acrocordia conoidea 1 2000
Aegopinella nitidula (Smooth Glass Snail) 1 1973
Ajuga reptans (Bugle) 1 2022
Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard) 1 2020
Amandinea punctata 2 2000
Anagallis arvensis (Scarlet Pimpernel) 1 2022
Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) 1 2020
Arion (Arion) agg. 1 1973
Arion (Carinarion) circumscriptus 1 1973
Arion (Kobeltia) agg. 1 1973
Arthonia calcarea 1 2000
Aspicilia contorta subsp. contorta 1 2000
Bellis perennis (Daisy) 1 2020
Bilimbia sabuletorum 1 2000
Blennothallia crispa 2 2000
Botryolepraria lesdainii 2 2000
Buellia aethalea 2 2000
Buellia ocellata 1 2000
Caloplaca crenularia 2 2000
Caloplaca decipiens 1 2000
Caloplaca flavescens 2 2000
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 2000
Caloplaca oasis 1 1998
Caloplaca saxicola 2 2000
Candelariella aurella f. aurella 2 2000
Candelariella medians f. medians 1 2000
Candelariella vitellina f. vitellina 2 2000
Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shepherd's-purse) 1 2020
Castanea sativa (Sweet Chestnut) 1 2020
Centranthus ruber (Red Valerian) 1 2020
Cepaea (Cepaea) hortensis (White-lipped Snail) 1 1973
Cirsium palustre (Marsh Thistle) 1 2022
Cladonia coniocraea 2 2000
Cladonia macilenta 1 2000
Clausilia (Clausilia) bidentata (Two-toothed Door Snail) 1 1973
Cochlicopa cf. lubrica (Slippery Moss Snail) 1 1973
Conopodium majus (Pignut) 1 2022
Cornu aspersum (Common Garden Snail) 1 1973
Corylus avellana (Hazel) 1 2020
Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) 1 2020
Crepis capillaris (Smooth Hawk's-beard) 1 2022
Deroceras (Deroceras) reticulatum (Netted Field Slug) 1 1973
Diploicia canescens 2 2000
Diploschistes scruposus 2 2000
Diplotomma alboatrum 2 2000
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 2 2000
Discus (Gonyodiscus) rotundatus (Rounded Snail) 1 1973

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

Data sets Licence Records