The Bishop family can trace its ancestry in this area back as far as the 1760’s and naturally many have had connections with the sea. Colin Bishop established the business in 1965 and at that time ran only from Blakeney Quay to Blakeney Point, not the seals. Over time, demand and the siltation of the harbour has meant a gradual migration to Morston quay (see box below) and many more seal trips.
This family run business has two traditional purpose built clinker construction wooden boats and one smaller boat.
All trips go to the seals. As we do not land on Blakeney Point we are able to spend extra time at the seal and tern colony. This also helps to preserve the natural environment of the reserve. Some trips can now also depart from Blakeney Quay, but this is very dependent on the tides. This is with our new small addition to our fleet which has a shallow draft and takes up to 12 people at a time.
Colin Bishop retired in 2002, Paul now runs the business with his wife Elspeth. Gary Bishop (brother and graphic designer) does all of the design work including the website, so it is still very much a family business.
We have a holiday cottage in Blakeney, let through the Blakeney cottage company which includes a free seal trip for our guests during our operating season. Please see our ‘stay in Blakeney’ page or full details at www.driftwoodblakeney.com
Paul’s hobbies include photography, specialising in Birds and Wildlife. To see the large collection of bird species (apx 1200) and other pictures including seals, please visit www.bishopspics.com