The Parish of Binsted resides amidst a mix of farmland and woodland – agriculture and wildlife. Of particular note is the area forming the Alice Holt Forest which is part of the Forestry Commission and an area teaming with wildlife.
This is the same Alice Holt of medieval times although it is now, of course, much smaller and much less dense. The forest is used for recreational and leisure purposes with many of the main paths surfaced and providing an easy passage for walkers and horses.
Alice Holt Forest boasts a herd of deer, foxes, badgers, rabbits, as well as many birds and butterflies. Butterflies represent a thriving part of the local environment and Butterfly Conservation own and manage a reserve at Bentley Meadow adjacent to Alice Holt Forest.