It is assumed that in Poland, the territory of one pair of hoopoes (Upupa epops) is even 20 ha (a radius of about 250 m around the nest). Therefore, during our observations, we took into account its habitat preferences. In the past, these birds were seen in the northern part of the exploitation area, near the fruit orchard. But in previous years, the orchard was cut.

Knowing the direction, we narrowed the field of search. It is known that hoopoes like a large mosaic of landscape. These can be: meadows, pastures, arable fields, mid-field trees, bright coniferous forests, and even wastelands around scattered rural buildings.

The proximity of our project to the Odra River, over which old hollow willows and alders grow, gave us hope to meet hoopoes. Oxbow lakes and reed beds are adjacent to sandy areas covered with sparse vegetation, among which the birds find their food.

Due to the fact that we chose hoopoe as our umbrella species, we installed B and D type nesting boxes. We were quickly acknowledged that it was a good choice. Although we did not see the hoopoes in the booths, other FBI birds took advantage of them. Two pairs of starlings bred successfully in them. Without such booths, the birds would have no booth to lay their eggs.

What's more, hanging nesting boxes for protected birds is an activity that will bring long-term effects. Once hung, the box can serve a given breeding pair of hoopoes for up to 10 years.