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

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Taxa No. of records Most recent record
Atrichum undulatum (Common Smoothcap) 1 2012
Barbula unguiculata (Bird's-claw Beard-moss) 1 2015
Brachythecium rutabulum (Rough-stalked Feather-moss) 2 2015
Bryoerythrophyllum recurvirostrum (Red Beard-moss) 1 2012
Bryum capillare (Capillary Thread-moss) 2 2015
Calliergonella cuspidata (Pointed Spear-moss) 2 2015
Campylopus introflexus (Heath Star Moss) 2 2015
Campylopus pyriformis (Dwarf Swan-neck Moss) 1 2012
Ceratodon purpureus (Redshank) 1 2015
Dicranum scoparium (Broom Fork-moss) 1 2015
Didymodon insulanus (Cylindric Beard-moss) 2 2015
Didymodon nicholsonii (Nicholson's Beard-moss) 1 2012
Encalypta streptocarpa (Spiral Extinguisher-moss) 1 2015
Eurhynchium striatum (Common Striated Feather-moss) 1 2012
Homalothecium sericeum (Silky Wall Feather-moss) 1 2012
Hylocomiadelphus triquetrus (Big Shaggy-moss) 1 2015
Hypnum cupressiforme (Cypress-leaved Plait-moss) 1 2015
Hypnum jutlandicum (Heath Plait-moss) 1 2012
Kindbergia praelonga (Common Feather-moss) 1 2015
Lunularia cruciata (Crescent-cup Liverwort) 1 2012
Oxyrrhynchium hians (Swartz's Feather-moss) 1 2015
Pararge aegeria (Speckled Wood) 1 2017
Pieris rapae (Small White) 1 2017
Polytrichum juniperinum (Juniper Haircap) 1 2015
Rhytidiadelphus squarrosus (Springy Turf-moss) 2 2015
Schistidium apocarpum (Sessile Grimmia) 1 2012
Schistidium crassipilum (Thickpoint Grimmia) 2 2015
Sedum album (White Stonecrop) 1 2015
Streblotrichum convolutum var. commutatum 1 2015
Streblotrichum convolutum 1 2015
Syntrichia montana (Intermediate Screw-moss) 1 2012
Thuidium tamariscinum (Common Tamarisk-moss) 1 2012
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Data sets Licence Records