Date: 4/6/18 1:39 pm From: Jim Berry <jim.berry3...> Subject: [MASSBIRD] Trespassing on Raymond land in Ipswich
A member of the Raymond family has emailed me voicing concerns about birders (and I ascertained that they are indeed birders) trespassing on family land, presumably when looking for rare geese. The Raymond family does not own all the land in the huge quadrangle bounded by Essex, Northgate, Argilla, and Heartbreak Roads, but they do own a lot of it. Several years ago the town purchased an Agricultural Preservation Restriction on much of the farm with a trail right-of-way through it for public access. I have used that trail many times, and it offers views of many parts of the property.
However, the trial signs say clearly that wandering off the trails is prohibited, as this is a working farm with many animals and other operations. YOU MUST STAY ON THE TRAIL WHEN WALKING THROUGH THE FARM. There is no other access to the Raymond land. And though I have long had permission from its owner (not the Raymond family) to cross the field on Northgate Rd. to look for birds, that permission does not extend to other birders. Consequently, I seldom use it myself and if I need to I will stop using it so as not to set an example for others. Remember: ALL THE LAND IN THE QUADRANGLE IS PRIVATELY OWNED AND NONE OF IT IS PUBLIC. Thus you are safer viewing any part of it from the roads, as most of us do, and not assuming that as birders we are somehow immune from prosecution.
This is a serious issue. The Raymond family is sensitive about trespass and they may close the property to visitors entirely if trespassers continue to violate the rules as laid out in the signs they have posted. If you are a responsible birder, please hear this and act accordingly. Unfortunately we seem to have some among us who do not observe no-trespassing signs.