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
Acer pseudoplatanus (Sycamore) 1 1997
Achillea millefolium (Yarrow) 5 2008
Aegopodium podagraria (Ground-elder) 1 1997
Aelia acuminata (Bishop's Mitre) 1 2021
Aesculus hippocastanum (Horse-chestnut) 2 1997
Agrostis capillaris (Common Bent) 3 2008
Alliaria petiolata (Garlic Mustard) 2 1997
Alopecurus pratensis (Meadow Foxtail) 2 1997
Anthoxanthum odoratum (Sweet Vernal-grass) 2 1997
Anthriscus sylvestris (Cow Parsley) 3 1997
Aphanes arvensis (Parsley-piert) 1 2002
Arabidopsis thaliana (Thale Cress) 1 1993
Arrhenatherum elatius (False Oat-grass) 1 2008
Arum maculatum (Lords-and-Ladies) 1 1997
Bellis perennis (Daisy) 4 1997
Betula pendula (Silver Birch) 3 2008
Bryonia dioica (White Bryony) 1 1993
Caloplaca dichroa 2 2012
Capsella bursa-pastoris (Shepherd's-purse) 2 1997
Cardamine pratensis (Cuckooflower) 2 2003
Centranthus ruber (Red Valerian) 3 2008
Cerastium fontanum (Common Mouse-ear) 1 1993
Cerastium glomeratum (Sticky Mouse-ear) 2 1997
Chelidonium majus (Greater Celandine) 1 1993
Claytonia perfoliata (Springbeauty) 2 2008
Conopodium majus (Pignut) 4 2008
Crataegus monogyna (Hawthorn) 3 2008
Cymbalaria muralis (Ivy-leaved Toadflax) 4 2008
Dactylis glomerata (Cock's-foot) 2 1997
Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove) 1 1997
Dryopteris filix-mas (Male-fern) 1 1988
Equisetum arvense (Field Horsetail) 1 1997
Erophila verna (Common Whitlowgrass) 2 1997
Fagus sylvatica (Beech) 3 2008
Festuca ovina (Sheep's-fescue) 1 2008
Festuca rubra (Red Fescue) 2 2008
Ficaria verna (Lesser Celandine) 1 1993
Galium aparine (Cleavers) 2 1997
Galium verum (Lady's Bedstraw) 3 2003
Geranium molle (Dove's-foot Crane's-bill) 2 1997
Glechoma hederacea (Ground-ivy) 2 1997
Hedera helix 3 1997
Heracleum sphondylium (Hogweed) 3 1997
Holcus lanatus (Yorkshire-fog) 1 1997
Hyacinthoides non-scripta (Bluebell) 2 1997
Hypochaeris radicata (Cat's-ear) 4 2008
Ilex aquifolium (Holly) 3 2008
Jacobaea 3 2003
Lamium album (White Dead-nettle) 2 1997
Lamium amplexicaule (Henbit Dead-nettle) 1 1997

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

Data sets Licence Records