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I think it is a scarlet elf cup (Sarcoscypha coccinea) but I'm not sure if there are any similar species.
I think the slugs may not have helped ID here - they look to have grazed the outside of the cup.
S. coccinea has a more downy, pinkish outside of the cup compared to A. aurantia.
S. coccinea is later to appear, so on that, it may be a more likely ID given that it was seen in March???????
It was seen in March?????? and I think the hard frost may have something to do with it. I have no reason to lie about when I seen it. If you enter Scarlet elf-cup on google an article about The Mole vally and an identical photo of the Scarlet elf-cup.
It also states that it grows early in the year.
The question was whether the date influenced likely ID.
The colour is much more like scarlet elf cup/cap.
As the contributors above suggest - I think this is likely to be one elfcap species. Scarlet Elfcup (Sarcoscypha austriaca) and Sarcoscypha coccinea have only recently been split into two species (the former being more common). I think they would be impossible to distinguish from a picture. Some older books will refer to Scarlet Elfcup as S. coccinea. Both grow on mossy logs - another clue in the pic; Orange Peel fungus grows on the ground.
There were a lot of them growing on rotting logs on the ground, and the colour was vivid, so I would go with Elf-cup
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