I am a Senior Lecturer in ecology at the University of Sussex where I teach ecology and do research in insect ecology and conservation. Starting with a childhood interest in birds then plants then insects, I have been active in biological recording for as long as I can remember. I was part of the original Co-ordinating Commission on Biological Recording (CCBR). I have run the national recording scheme for the Auchenorrhyncha (leafhoppers and related groups) for many years, which currently holds about 100,000 records for 400 species. I am also heavily involved in recording at the local level, having chaired the steering group for the Sussex Biological Record Centre for over ten years. I particularly want to see better support and recognition for the small-to-medium sized recording schemes and local record centres.