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
Amandinea punctata 1 1983
Amblystegium serpens (Creeping Feather-moss) 1 1995
Bagliettoa parmigera s. lat. 1 1983
Barbula unguiculata (Bird's-claw Beard-moss) 1 1995
Brachythecium albicans (Whitish Feather-moss) 1 1995
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 1 1995
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 1 1995
Bryum dichotomum (Dune Thread-moss) 1 1995
Bryum rubens (Crimson-tuber Thread-moss) 1 1995
Caloplaca decipiens 1 1983
Caloplaca flavescens 1 1983
Caloplaca flavocitrina 1 1983
Caloplaca ruderum 2 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
Catillaria chalybeia var. chalybeia 1 1983
Columba palumbus (Woodpigeon) 1
Dendrocopos major (Great Spotted Woodpecker) 1
Dicranella varia (Variable Forklet-moss) 2 1995
Didymodon vinealis (Soft-tufted Beard-moss) 1 1995
Diploicia canescens 1 1983
Diplotomma alboatrum 2 1983
Dirina massiliensis f. sorediata 2 1983
Fissidens incurvus (Short-leaved Pocket-moss) 2 1995
Fissidens taxifolius (Common Pocket-moss) 1 1995
Grimmia pulvinata (Grey-cushioned Grimmia) 1 1995
Haematomma ochroleucum var. porphyrium 2 1983
Homalothecium sericeum (Silky Wall Feather-moss) 1 1995
Hypnum cupressiforme var. resupinatum (Supine Plait-moss) 1 1995
Hypnum cupressiforme (Cypress-leaved Plait-moss) 1 1995
Hypogymnia physodes (Dark Crottle) 1 1983
Kindbergia praelonga (Common Feather-moss) 1 1995
Lecania erysibe s. lat. 1 1983
Lecanora campestris subsp. campestris 1 1983
Lecanora conizaeoides f. conizaeoides 1 1983
Lecanora expallens 1 1983
Lecanora polytropa 1 1983
Lecidella scabra 1 1983
Lepraria incana s. lat. 1 1983
Lepraria vouauxii 1 1983
Micarea denigrata 1 1983
Microbryum davallianum (Smallest Pottia) 2 1995
Myriolecis albescens 1 1983
Myriolecis crenulata 2 1983
Myriolecis dispersa 1 1983
Myriospora rufescens 2 1983
Myriospora smaragdula 1 1983

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

Data sets Licence Records